Standing Acceleration Development

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Many coaches do too many 3 point starts with athletes, and after seeing improvement in times, think that that will transfer just as well as standing. The history of track starts from the 1870s experimented on what ways to get faster, and the full contact crouch start was born. When I see coaches develop starting mechanics for combines but they don’t teach acceleration in standing, they are doing their athletes a disservice. Improving 10m dashes standing is far harder because their is less unnatural mechanics to teach, and coaching constraints increase. A good idea is see improvement in game speed is to test both 3 point and standing starts. Note the difference in range between the fastest an slowest athletes on both, with the standing start having less time difference. I wrote a 5 article series on testing in practice and doing meet analysis, and they will be released next week.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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