A study by a team at the University of Birmingham and published in the journal Current Biology, showed performance times varied by 26% throughout the day.
Early risers reached their athletic peak around lunchtime, while night owls were best in the evening.
New research shows that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximise impact forces and speed according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas
The world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds and the new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact.
The High-Performance Training for Sports discussion group hopes to engage discussion among those combining principles of strength and conditioning with the disciplines of physiotherapy and athletic training as a means of developing all aspects of athletic performance.
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Speed was once seen as largely a genetic trait greatly unaffected by training, but the world of sports today recognises that a well-structured and scientifically sound training programme can, in fact, improve speed.
According to the US National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Ian Jeffreys, coaches and athletes alike must develop a fundamental knowledge of the factors that contribute to speed in order to maximise the benefits of training.
In his forthcoming book Developing Speed, Jeffreys details how speed relies on both motor skill development and the development of physical capabilities to produce effective ground-reaction forces.
He believes any speed development programme should include three key elements:
The study by scientists at the University of Portsmouth and published in the European Journal of Sport Science found that cold water immersion is no more and no less effective in helping an athlete recover after sport than light cool-down exercise.
They also warn that the practice of plunging into ice baths, common among elite athletes such as the long distance runner Mo Farah, heptathlete Jessica Ennis and tennis star Andy Murray, might actually do more harm than good.