Monday, December 26, 2016

Elite Performance Podcast #12 - Dr. Ken Clark:Speed Science

Dr. Clark is a professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and is a foremost expert in speed research and we talked all about speed on the podcast.
Everything from his research with Dr. Peter Weyand, difference in mechanics between Elte vs Non-Elite athletes, what makes a great accelerator, what makes a great top-end sprinter, what the research has to say on sleds/resisted sprinting, where the role of strength applies in speed development, and much more.

Favorite Quotes

  • "Great acceleration is marked by posture, piston like leg action, stiff contact, and front side dominant mechanics.
  • "There is still a lot we don't know with sled or resisted sprinting - but heavier may be better for acceleration"
  • "Assisted or over-speed sprinting may be the new frontier in sprint performance, especially with tools like the Sprint 1080"
  • "No plyo or lift in the weight room can simulate the GCT and forces seen in top-end sprinting"
  • "Once you hit a certain strength standard, you see dimishing returns on continuing to push max strength development"
  • "We've started to use a compete-technique-compete format in our speed and agility training"


Social Media

  • Twitter - @KenClarkSpeed
  • Facebook - Ken Clark