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.