Common Speed Training Mistakes

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Hi, I’m Dr. Scott Gray, Owner & Founder of Back In Motion.

I want to describe three of the most common mistakes coaches and parents make, and athletes, that they make when trying to improve their athlete’s speed.

#1 Don’t Make It a Conditioning Exercise

The first mistake that I commonly see with athletes when they’re trying to become fast is that these coaches and parents, they just run their athlete into the ground, and they make it more of a conditioning type of exercise.

That’s not what we want, right? So if we want to become faster, we gotta train to be faster.

A lot of times. we make it these long sprints with minimal rest, and so these kids are gassed, right?

They’re working a little bit on speed, but as they get fatigued, they’re not really working on speed, they’re working on conditioning.

So when we become an explosive athlete and a faster athlete, our nervous system needs to be able to fire and contract fast. If we’re conditioning and fatigued doing this, we’re not doing that.

#2 Not Strength Training

So the second mistake we have is not strength training and Olympic lifting.

Olympic lifting and strength training is very, very important for the athlete because again, it heightens the athlete’s nervous system.

It allows them to produce more force into the ground, right?

So if I’m an athlete trying to produce more force, so I can travel more distance and go faster, you need to be stronger. If I’m weak, I’m not gonna be able to do that.


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#3 Not Working On Arm Mechanics & Trunk Rotation

The third and final mistake I see is not working on arm mechanics and trunk rotation.

You can be strong. You can work on conditioning, but if your body mechanics are all over the place, you’re running with proper form, you’re not gonna be as fast as you would like.

So those really are the three common mistakes I see coaches and parents make on a day to day basis. They can be all fixed and correctable.

To recap you’ve got to train fast to be fast. Right? Don’t make it a conditioning exercise.

Make sure you’re doing strength training with your athletes, so that includes squatting, deadlifting, pushing, and pulling.

And the third is working on your arm mechanics and sprint mechanics for your athletes so you have good, proper form, and if you do apply these things, I have no doubt that your athlete will become a faster athlete and a better athlete.

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About the Author: Dr. Scott Gray

Dr. Scott Gray is the Owner of Back in Motion Physical Therapy & Performance. Each and Every Week He Helps His Clients & Patients Live Their Life to the Fullest, Get Active, and Get Pain-Free.
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