Enhancing team sport initial sprint acceleration: An individual approach


James Wild

Performance during the initial steps of a sprint are important in team sports where there is an inherent requirement to sprint maximally over short distances. Surprisingly, however, the technical features associated with performance during this sprint phase are not well understood. In this presentation James shares some of his research findings on the initial sprint acceleration techniques of team sport athletes. In the process, he offers insight into his approach for enhancing sprint acceleration capabilities, providing some take-home practical ideas. BIOG: James has gained wide-ranging experience across multiple sports since 2005, supporting coaches and athletes at the grassroots level through to those competing in major international competitions. Currently he holds a dual role as the Technical Lead for Performance at Surrey Sports Park and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey. As a consultant James is responsible for overseeing the performance support team for the England Women’s Lacrosse national squad. He leads the speed programme at Harlequins Rugby Club implementing speed training systems and speed-relevant strength diagnostics tests. James has provided similar support to professional football teams and some of the fastest athletes in the country. He is a book author and is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the biomechanics and motor control of team sport athletes during initial sprint acceleration.’

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