Horizontal vs. Vertical Forces Debate… Debunked? Q&A with Mike Young


In the latest episode of the Athletic Lab Sport Performance Podcast, Mike Young discusses some of the research on sprinting and dissects the vertical vs. horizontal forces debate.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of this podcast series on sprinting to come. Listen to the previous Q&A with Mike on Olympic lifts HERE and listen to all of the previous episodes on iTunes.

Other discussion topics in Part 1 include:

  • The definition of speed as it relates to the track and field and court sports.
  • Characteristics of acceleration and max velocity.
  • The debate on horizontal vs. vertical forces in sprinting.
  • Debunking some research on horizontal forces in sprinting.
  • Posture and how it impacts speed.

John Grace

John Grace

Sport Performance Coach at Athletic Lab
John is a Sport Performance Coach at Athletic Lab. He earned his Master's degree from Ohio University in Coaching & Sport Science. John holds his CSCS, USAW-L1, and USATF-L1. He is the former Assistant Fitness Coach of the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
John Grace


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