Thursday, March 26, 2009

NFL Combine 40 Yard Dash - Weird 40 Stance = Bad Time

I just finished breaking down the footage from the NFL Combine, specifically the 40 yard dash. As you probably already know the times on a whole were slower than years previous. Some say it was the surface in the new Lucas Oil Stadium, which could have played a role.

I was shocked to see some of the weird 40 yard dash start stances some athletes chose to use. If you watched the combine you would have seen some athletes stretching the back leg as far back as possible and keep it straight as a board. This to me makes no sense... You need to drive from both legs, but if that back leg is straight, you can't generate any power from that leg. So essentially you are killing your power off the start... Very odd and it showed in their times.

With the 40 yard stance I teach my athletes, the back leg is bent and I coach them to drop that knee to the floor, about 4" up from the turf. This gives the more of a horizontal spine angle and allows them to drive out not up. This, to me is an important cue to running a fast 40 yard dash.

If you have my Combine Freak DVD you probably could tell who trained with me, by their 40 yard dash technique, more specifically the breathing pattern we use to push acceleration as far as possible. If you have yet to get your hands on the DVD you can check it out here.

Next, I will recap my athletes that tested in Indy and what they did to get the times they posted...

Train Hard!
Mike Gough BSc, CSCS

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