Science and practice of elite speed development


Mike Young

Speed is the common denominator amongst many of the top athletes in the world. Across many sporting disciplines, speed is the ‘difference maker.’ In this lecture, Mike will review the body of speed research relating to biomechanics, physical qualities and training. Using this as a starting point, he will provide unique insight gained through his years working as both a sport scientist and practitioner. With the perspective and experience gained as a coach of elite speed-power athletes, he will share the evidence-based means and methods of training he uses with his athletes. Coaches will leave with both a framework for speed development as well as in-depth insight on how to put the science of speed in to practice. BIOG: Dr. Mike Young is the Director of Performance at Athletic Lab Sports Performance Training Center and the Performance Director for the North Carolina Courage and FC professional football clubs. In athletics, Mike won 6 team NCAA championships in 4 years while at LSU, he’s coached 4 USA Track & Field National Champions and Olympic and World Championship competitors in half a dozen events. Outside of athletics, Mike has coached international competitors in weightlifting, skeleton, and bobsleigh. In team sports, he has been the High Performance Director for 4 professional football clubs including the most successful women’s professional football club in North American history. Mike has trained World Cup, Super Bowl, and World Series champions and has consulted for some of the top sports teams in the world including 4 World Cup rugby teams and 3 Premiership football clubs.

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