The concluding paragraph of our previous article (https://www.gpexe.com/f-v-profile-game) was devoted to highlighting the fact that the assessment of the sprint ability of a given athlete via his force-velocity (F-V) relationship yields useful information on the quality of the acceleration itself. Indeed, several studies have shown that, over a 4 seconds sprint (a rather common event in team sports such as soccer, basketball, rugby, etc…), for any given overall force applied to the terrain, the closer to the horizontal the forward thrust, the better the performance (1).
It follows that, for the fitness coach, it would be highly valuable to assess the ability of the athlete to direct his push as much as possible in the horizontal direction during a sprint, since this capacity is not necessarily linked to the ab...
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