New Insights into the Development of Maximal Sprint Speed in Male Youth
Hughes, Michael G.
Lloyd, Rhodri S.
Cronin, John B.
National Strength and Conditioning Association
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Speed is a key aspect of Youth Physical Development programs and commonly assessed during talent identification testing protocols, yet little is understood about the factors that underpin the natural development of maximal speed throughout childhood and adolescence. This article reviews the anthropometric, kinematic, kinetic and asymmetry variables that contribute to sprint performance, while examining the impact that growth and maturation may have upon all facets of maximal sprint performance in boys. Clear guidance is provided on the practical applications for the strength and conditioning coach that should help in design of effective speed development programs for male youth.
Strength & Conditioning Journal;
Meyers, R.W., Oliver, J.L., Hughes, M.G, Lloyd, R.S. and Cronin, J.B. (2017) 'New insights into the development of maximal sprint speed in male youth', Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(2), pp.2–10.
This article was published in Strength & Conditioning Journal on 01 April 2017 available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000290
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