Jimson’s Note: Wishing Paul a speedy recovery!
Paul Hoffman has read and researched several research papers on sprinting and performance articles, so you don’t have to. If any of these articles interest you, feel free to research the case studies and methodology and come up with your own conclusions.
1) Gait Intervention for Improvements in Human Top Speed Running
Michelle Buechner, University of Montana – Missoula, June 2015.
Her data indicates that an acute training intervention can augment sprinting performance within a time frame that is too brief for the improvement to be attributed to changes within the musculature of the individual subjects, and concludes that running speed can be taught by providing knowledgeable cues that focus on the mechanics of the foot-ground impact.
2) The Controversy of Sports Technology: a systematic review
Bryce Dyer. Bournemouth University, UK. 2015
A very thorough article discussing among other things, leg prostheses and swim suit technology. It is proposed that long periods of time without intervention or resolution by a governing body often increases the attention paid to such cases in examples such as those identified in this systematic review.
Mike Cox. Techniques Magazine. August 2015.
A thorough article that says that to fully develop the potential of 800m athletes it is necessary to begin classifying it as an extended sprint and ensuring that training programs reflect the unique energetic and pacing demands of the event.
4) Performing in the heat: a new practical mid-cooling method. Athanasios Zavvos,
Extreme Physiology and Medicine. July 2015.
A simple, apparently effective technique for cooling mid-performance.
5) Neuro-mechanical determinants of repeated treadmill sprints – Usefulness of an ‘hypoxic to normoxic recovery’ approach.
Olivier Girard, Frontiers in Physiology.
The recovery of performance and associated neuro-mechanical alterations was complete after resting for 6 min near sea level, with a similar fatigue pattern across conditions during subsequent repeated sprints in normoxia.
Brad H. DeWeese EdD, Matt. L. Sams, MA, Joel H. Williams, Chris Bellon, MS
The purpose of this article is to introduce a theoretical model for the planning of speed development, namely the short to long (S2L) approach to program design.
7) Speed Bumps: Why It’s So Hard to Catch Cheaters in Track and Field.
David Epstein. ProPublica. August, 2015.
A terrific, thorough journalistic investigation of the most pressing issue facing Athletics
8) The Human Reasons Why Athletes Who Dope Get Away With It.
A continuation of the themes in the previous article by David Epstein of ProPublica
9) INFLUENCE ON STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY OF A SWING PHASE-SPECIFIC HAMSTRING ECCENTRIC PROGRAM IN SPRINTERS GENERAL PREPARATION.
Guex, Kenny; Lugrin, Véronique; Borloz, Stéphane; Millet, Grégoire P.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, July, 2015.
It was concluded that an additional swing phase-specific hamstring eccentric training in sprinters appears to be crucial to address different risk factors for hamstring strain injuries, such as eccentric and concentric strength, H:Q ratio and flexibility.
Kavaliauskas M, et al. J Strength Cond Res. 2015.
Cycling-based high intensity training is an effective way to improve running performance, and the type and magnitude of adaptation is dependent on the work-to-rest ratio.