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Does Increasing Maximal Strength Improve Sprint Running Performance?

Cronin John PhD; Ogden, Teresa; Lawton, Trent ASCA; Brughelli, Matt MS, CSCS
Strength & Conditioning Journal: June 2007
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A strength base is considered critical to speed development and, consequently, a great deal of effort is spent improving the force capability of muscle. Using a correlational approach is one method used to quantify the relationship between strength and speed. However, better insight may be found investigating longitudinal studies that have quantified both strength and speed changes. Such an approach was used in this review to determine the magnitude of strength development necessary for improved running speed.

Teresa Ogden is currently completing a Masters in Health Science at Auckland University of Technology, NZ.

Trent Lawton is a consultant strength and conditioning coach.

Matt Brughelli is currently pursuing a PhD in sports science at Edith Cowan University.

John Cronin is an Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University and has consulted with many different National sporting organizations and athletes.

© 2007 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association