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Excerpt — Developing Speed

Potential for and Limits of Speed Development

Although speed can be improved, it is inaccurate to suggest that everyone has the capacity to become a sprint champion.

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Sprinting in Field and Court Sports

While track sprinting is a closed skill, athletes in field and court sports require reactive agility.

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Acceleration Drills from Specific Starting Conditions

Performing acceleration drills from specific starting conditions allows evaluation of the athlete’s technique for sport-specific situations.

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Three Drills for Developing Starts and Initial-Acceleration for Running

Whole-body acceleration involves the subtle coordination of the acts of accelerating and decelerating the athlete’s limbs to increase the speed at which they move.

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