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March 2001

March 2001


Running On Empty

Do you train your quarterbacks to throw like a shot putter? Then why do you train your football players to run like a track star?
© March 2001

FOOTBALL PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN TIMING PLAYERS in the 40 yard dash for years and making evaluations based on the results. But while the test is time-honored, is it really an accurate assessment of how fast a player will be on the field on any given Saturday?

As an expert in speed development for football players, I feel that straight line sprint speed is only a partial assessment of an athlete's playing speed. The reason is obvious. Few football players run full bore for 30 to 50 yards during a game. In contrast, all players need to make variable speed changes to be effective on the field.

Some coaches are aware of this, yet continue to strive to improve 40 times and develop straight-line speeds.What we really need is a better measuring tool for assessing football speed. Often you'll see a 4.5 guy who has a slower athletic speed ....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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