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Resisted sled sprint kinematics: The acute effect of load and sporting population

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dc.contributor.author Osterwald, Katja M.
dc.contributor.author Kelly, David T.
dc.contributor.author Comyns, Thomas M.
dc.contributor.author Ó Catháin, Ciarán.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-05T10:49:16Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-05T10:49:16Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10644
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract In this study, we assessed the acute kinematic effects of different sled load conditions (unloaded and at 10%, 20%, 30% decrement from maximum velocity (Vdec)) in different sporting populations. It is well-known that an athlete’s kinematics change with increasing sled load. However, to our knowledge, the relationship between the different loads in resisted sled sprinting (RSS) and kinematic characteristics is unknown. Thirty-three athletes (sprinters n = 10; team sport athletes n = 23) performed a familiarization session (day 1), and 12 sprints at different loads (day 2) over a distance of 40 m. Sprint time and average velocity were measured. Sagittal-plane high-speed video data was recorded for early acceleration and maximum velocity phase and joint angles computed. Loading introduced significant changes to hip, knee, ankle, and trunk angle for touch-down and toe-off for the acceleration and maximum velocity phase (p < 0.05). Knee, hip, and ankle angles became more flexed with increasing load for all groups and trunk lean increased linearly with increasing loading conditions. The results of this study provide coaches with important information that may influence how RSS is employed as a training tool to improve sprint performance for acceleration and maximal velocity running and that prescription may not change based on sporting population, as there were only minimal differences observed between groups. The trunk lean increase was related to the heavy loads and appeared to prevent athletes to reach mechanics that were truly reflective of maximum velocity sprinting. Lighter loads seem to be more adequate to not provoke changes in maxV kinematics. However, heavy loading extended the distance over which it is possible to train acceleration. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Sports;9, 137
dc.subject resisted sprints en_US
dc.subject sled sprint en_US
dc.title Resisted sled sprint kinematics: The acute effect of load and sporting population en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/sports9100137
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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