Speed Development

By Karl Geissler & John Baumann

In Sports Applications

March 01, 2006

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Sprinting is a skill. It is beautiful, violent, functional, and potentially destructive if conducted in an unsafe manner. It can bring glory to an athlete or be a factor in the survival and success of a warrior on the battlefield. At its simplest, it is a means of getting the body from one point to another in the shortest possible time, yet it is also a very complex, specialized motor skill that requires a high degree of coordination. Broken down into its fundamental components, it can be thought of as repetitive maximal force efforts; as such, it clearly exposes any muscular imbalances that exist in an athlete.

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