Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stretching for 40 Yard Dash Speed

Often one of the most overlooked areas in speed enhancement in particulr the 40 yard dash is flexibility training.

Often athletes perform endless bouts of static stretching. Many experts have advocated that static stretches should be held for up to 60 sec. This was known as the gold standard in flexibility training. This type of stretching decreases the blood flow and increases lactic acid production.

This can be potentially performance limiting before an event like the 40 yard dash.

So how do you stretch without this occuring? Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is effective for flexibility enhancement and optimal physiological function. With this type of stretching you hold the stretch for no longer then 2 seconds. This allows the targeted muscle to lengthen without the activation of the stretch relfex in the muscle. This allows the muscles to be stretched in a relaxed state for optimal lengethening.

This type of stretching will yield superior flexibilty results fast. To get my AIS Rope protocol check out my Mastering the 40 Yard Dash Manual. This protocol can be used before training or running the 40 Yard Dash.

Later this week I will teach how to stretch out the hamstring muscles to increase your speed.

Train Hard!

Coach Mike Gough

PS. If you are preparing for a Combine are want to know what and how to perform the tests properly a must read is my Pro Combine Preparation Manual

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