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Acute Effects of a Speed Training Program on Sprinting Step Kinematics and Performance

Department of Track and Field University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland, Ul. Paderewskiego 35, 51-612 Wrocław, Poland
Department of Track and Field, Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport, ul. Kazimierza Górskiego 1, 80-336 Gdansk, Poland
PZLA (Polish Track and Field Association), Mysłowicka 4, 01-612 Warszawa, Poland
Athletics Department, University of Montana, Adams Center 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, Gortanova ulica 22, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(17), 3138;
Received: 4 July 2019 / Revised: 21 August 2019 / Accepted: 24 August 2019 / Published: 28 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health, Exercise and Sports Performance)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of speed training on sprint step kinematics and performance in male sprinters. Two groups of seven elite (best 100-m time: 10.37 ± 0.04 s) and seven sub-elite (best 100-m time: 10.71 ± 0.15 s) sprinters were recruited. Sprint performance was assessed in the 20 m (flying start), 40 m (standing start), and 60 m (starting block start). Step kinematics were extracted from the first nine running steps of the 20-m sprint using the Opto-Jump–Microgate system. Explosive power was quantified by performing the CMJ, standing long jump, standing triple jump, and standing five jumps. Significant post-test improvements (p < 0.05) were observed in both groups of sprinters. Performance improved by 0.11 s (elite) and 0.06 s (sub-elite) in the 20-m flying start and by 0.06 s (elite) and 0.08 s (sub-elite) in the 60-m start block start. Strong post-test correlations were observed between 60-m block start performance and standing five jumps (SFJ) in the elite group and between 20-m flying start and 40-m standing start performance and standing long jump (SLJ) and standing triple jump (STJ) in the sub-elite group. Speed training (ST) shows potential in the reduction of step variability and as an effective short-term intervention program in the improvement of sprint performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: sprinting; speed; sprint exercises; step variability; kinematics sprinting; speed; sprint exercises; step variability; kinematics
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Mackala, K.; Fostiak, M.; Schweyen, B.; Osik, T.; Coch, M. Acute Effects of a Speed Training Program on Sprinting Step Kinematics and Performance. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3138.

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