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Acceleration and Power
What causes acceleration in sprinting?
Orientation of GRF
Braking vs. Propulsive phase
Contact vs. flight phase
Define acceleration and power
Discuss variables that influence acceleration during sprinting
Apply this knowledge to train for optimal acceleration
measures changes in velocity:
(Vf-Vi)/T or stride length X stride rate
is the rate of torque production at a joint:
muscular force X velocity of muscle shortening
Muscular Power is Affected
by Muscular Strength and Movement Speed
1. GRF 2. Gravity 3. Wind resistance
Horizontal vs. vertical (Shepherd, 2008)
Blocks (projection angle & incline trunk), weight distribution & "active touchdown"
"The athlete actively attempts to move the foot backward as fast as he or she is moving forward."
(Hunter et al., 2005)
Total Body Center of Gravity (TBCG)
In a study examining the start of a world class sprinter, the average vertical rise in TBCG in the first three meters was
Coh et al., 2006
Magnitude and duration of GRF
GRF X Time (Ground contact time)
GRF impulse (expressed relative to body mass) reflects the change in velocity of an athlete
(Hunter et al., 2005)
Therefore, changes in relative GRF impulse help to explain acceleration
Braking vs. Propulsion
Belief that sprinters should
braking GRF and
: "Active touchdown"
Small touchdown distance
: Greater hip joint extension
velocity during stance
Hunter et al, 2005
= muscular force X velocity of muscle shortening
Fast twitch vs. slow twitch
Contact vs. Flight Phase
Stride Rate x Stride Length = Velocity
Both stride rate and stride length increase to
"Negative interaction" - leg length, height and vertical velocity of take off (Hunter et al., 2004)
As velocity changes from almost maximum to maximum, stride length remains constant and stride rate increases
(Debaere et al., 2012; Hall 2012; Harrison 2010)
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Acceleration is influenced by the magnitude, direction, and duration of the GRF
Muscular power should be targeted for maximizing acceleration
Training methods used for sprint acceleration should closely mimic the kinematics desired during racing
Multijoint exercises with emphasis on concentric phase
Shepherd et al. (2008)
Essential for first 10 m of race (during accleration), stretch-shorten cycle then becomes increasingly active
Loaded jump squats: 30% RM vs. 80% RM
Lighter loads = greater acceleration in 20 m sprint
Heavier loads - slower ground contact times and reactive forces
Muscular power - 1/3 RM (Hall, 2012)
Low drive position
Heavy loads =
stride rate and stride length
ground contact time
External devices force runner to increase speed
Similar to heavy sled towing, shown to alter sprint kinematics
Impulse = Changes in momentum
-Maximize horizontal velocity
(blocks, projection angle, incline trunk)
-Stride length = short to long
-Stride rate = increases
-Ground contact time = long to short
-Velocity = slow to fast