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Don't Kill Speed!

Speed kills. We all know that, and have all heard it, and I have said it before. Yet, why do we actively train against it? The only way to get faster is to train faster, to actually push yourself to try and move faster than you ever have before, until your mind and body adapt and get used to this new top speed. If we know this, why do we train slower than possible during our sport practices with our teams? Now, I am not simply refereeing to effort level, although that is obviously a very necessary component as well. No, what I am referring to is a little thing I got from Mike Boyle: practicing speed drills with the puck or ball. You see this all the time, especially with youth sports. The coaches want players to get faster while controlling the ball or puck, as so they tell their players to do all of the drills as fast as they can while trying to control their sport’s object.

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To Sprint or Not to Sprint?

Over the years, sprinting has become what appears to be a forgotten exercise. Whenever it appears in a program, many athletes respond by asking, “You mean like running?” and “How fast should I go?” In short, my answers to those questions in order are “No”, and “as fast as you can!” Now, you may realize I said no to “running”. Why? Because sprinting is not running. Sprinting is defined as “running at full speed over short distances”, while running is defined as “moving at a speed faster than a walk, never having both or all the feet on the ground at the same time“. So, when I want my athletes to sprint, they should be going as hard as they can, trying to get faster each and every time. In this blog post, I am going to take a look at the wonderful world of sprinting and how it relates to the sporting realm and increasing performance. I am under the impression that every athlete should sprint. I don’t just mean in their sport, but in training. Throughout this post I will explain further, but it basically comes down to the fact that all athletes do sprints in their sport (or skate at max speeds). All sports, be it basketball, tennis, hockey, badminton, bobsled, or soccer, are made up of short intense bursts of all-out speed. So, if sprints make up such a large portion of the sport, why wouldn’t we train athletes to be better and faster at them?

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