Skip Navigation LinksHome > June 2011 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 > The Effects of a Constant Sprint-to-Rest Ratio and Recovery...
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research:
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181dbdc06
Original Research

The Effects of a Constant Sprint-to-Rest Ratio and Recovery Mode on Repeated Sprint Performance

Abt, Grant1; Siegler, Jason C1; Akubat, Ibrahim1; Castagna, Carlo2

Collapse Box

Abstract

Abt, G, Siegler, JC, Akubat, I, and Castagna, C. The effects of a constant sprint-to-rest ratio and recovery mode on repeated sprint performance. J Strength Cond Res 25(6): 1695-1702, 2011—It is unclear if a constant sprint-to-rest ratio allows full performance recovery between repeated sprints over different distances. This is important for the development of sprint-training programs. Additionally, there is conflicting evidence on whether active recovery enhances sprint performance. Three repeated sprint protocols were used (22 × 15, 13 × 30, and 8 × 50 m), with each having an active and passive recovery. Each trial was conducted with an initial sprint-to-rest ratio of 1:10. Repeated sprints were analyzed by comparing the first sprint to the last sprint. For the 15-m trials, there were no significant main effects for recovery or time and no significant interaction. For the 30-m trials, there was no main effect for recovery, but a main effect for time (F[1,10] = 15.995, p = 0.003; mean difference = 0.20 seconds, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.09-0.31 seconds, d = 1.4 [large effect]). There was no interaction of recovery and time in the 30-m trials. For the 50-m trials, there was no main effect for recovery, but a main effect for time (F[1,10] = 34.225, p = 0.0002; mean difference = 0.39 seconds, 95% CI = 0.24-0.55 seconds, d = 1.3 [large effect]). There was no interaction of recovery and time in the 50-m trials. The results demonstrate that a 1:10 sprint-to-rest ratio allows full performance recovery between 15-m sprints, but not between sprints of 30 or 50 m, and that recovery mode did not influence repeated sprint performance.

© 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association

 

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.