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Jon Goodwin: Maximal Velocity Running Mechanics Part One

Biomechanics of maximal velocity sprinting

In the first part of our biomechanics of sprinting series, Jon Goodwin, challenges the traditional thinking that running velocity is a product of stride length and stride frequency.

He then goes on to describe the factors that make up stride length and frequency and along the way highlights the key factors that truly lead to improvements in running velocity. This presentation is a must see for any coach that wants to understand more about how to improve sprinting performance.

Further Parts of this Series

Jon Goodwin Part 2: High speed running and the scientific literature

Jon Goodwin Part 3: Force production and technical considerations

Jon Goodwin Part 4: Muscle function and other considerations

Jon Goodwin Part 5: Physical preparation and training individualisation


Jon is Programme Director for the BSc and MSc Strength & Conditioning Science Programmes at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, London. He is currently researching in the area of sprint biomechanics. He holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, and BSc in Sport Rehabilitation. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (UKSCA) and Athletics Coach (UKA). Jon has been coaching track and field since 1997 and strength and conditioning since 1999, working with university and international level athletes. He currently coaches university track athletes in addition to delivery of multi-sport strength and conditioning to athletes serviced by the funded Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and the St Mary’s University College Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Science. Originally a track athlete, Jon now takes part in endurance cycling and weightlifting.

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Comments (2)

  1. Posted by Neil Tunstall on 12/08/2010 at 11:58 AM

    I am interested to hear more, since athletes eg Gatlin, keep saying I have worked on my technique with my new coach and am now running faster.  What is it that the new coach is telling him and why is it so difficult to find out?

  2. Posted by Tom Crick on 24/08/2010 at 11:26 PM - Admin Comment

    In relation to the above you can listen to Gatlin’s new coach Loren Seagrave talk about his technical model here on uCoach. See RESOURCES>AUDIO for more interviews.

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