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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182919d32
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Developing Speed Throughout Childhood and Adolescence: The Role of Growth, Maturation and Training

Oliver, Jon L. PhD1; Lloyd, Rhodri S. PhD, ASCC, CSCS*D1; Rumpf, Michael C. PhD2,3

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: SPEED IS A FUNDAMENTAL COMPONENT OF MANY SPORTS, AND THE ABILITY TO SPRINT IS OFTEN A DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC OF SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE. THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS EVIDENCE EXAMINING SPEED DEVELOPMENT DURING CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE, WITH A SPECIFIC FOCUS ON THE IMPACT OF MOVEMENT SKILL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOMECHANICAL FACTORS. GUIDELINES ARE PROVIDED TO ASSIST STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES WITH LONG-TERM PLANNING OF TRAINING TO MAXIMIZE SPEED DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE.

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