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Integrating High-Speed Treadmills Into a Traditional Strength and Conditioning Program for Speed and Power Sports

Hauschildt, Mitchell D MA, ATC, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181caddd9
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Abstract

HIGH-SPEED TREADMILLS HAVE BECOME VALUABLE TOOLS FOR INCREASING SPEED AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE OVER THE PAST 2 DECADES. TRADITIONALLY, THEY HAVE BEEN PART OF NARROWLY FOCUSED CLINIC-BASED PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO INCREASE SPEED SOLELY WITH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY. THIS HAS LED TO QUESTIONS ABOUT SURFACE TRANSFER, HIGH INJURY RATES, AND HOW THIS TECHNOLOGY FITS INTO A COMPREHENSIVE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM. HERE, WE WILL NOT ONLY ADDRESS THESE ISSUES BUT ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT WHEN PROPERLY INTEGRATED, HIGH-SPEED TREADMILLS ARE EXCEPTIONAL TOOLS THAT CAN BE USED IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE FOR THE SPEED AND POWER ATHLETES WHILE ALL BUT ELIMINATING SPRINT-RELATED INJURIES.

Author Information

Athletic Training Services, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri

Mitchell D. Hauschildtis the Prevention, Physical Conditioning and Rehabilitation Coordinator at Missouri State University.

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