There is no question that speed plays a role in the American football player’s ability to compete at a high level, but preparing players for the complexity of football means focusing on more than just speed. Cameron Josse looks that the importance of 40-yard sprint times to recruiters and discusses why linear sprint times should not be considered a singular assessment for what really happens in a football game.
While most coaches have similar training protocols for strength, power, speed, and endurance, agility is a different story. Cameron Josse does a deep dive into the meaning of agility, specifically for field- and court-based team sport athletes, and considers the usefulness of closed change of direction drills to develop this essential attribute.
In American football, the 40-yard dash has always been the traditional test of speed, but is it the best test to use to determine raw speed ability for your football players? Even though sprint times can give us a reflection of an athlete’s speed ability, the truth is that these times won’t always tell us how fast an athlete can move. Cameron Josse explains why the best way to test speed is to test maximum velocity.
As it relates to training American football players, sprinting distances are significantly shorter than those found in track and field, with most falling between 10 and 30 yards. In this follow-up to ‘Maximum Power Sled Sprinting for American Football,’ Cameron Josse looks at the influence of heavy resisted sprinting and explores the importance of the force-velocity spectrum in maximizing power potential.
Director of Sports Performance, Cameron Josse, uses the 1080 Sprint to measure the data from four NFL football players to see if four weeks of sprinting against individualized sled loads of maximum power could improve their sprint performance.