Best Rest Ratio For Sprinters

Best Rest Ratio For Sprinters What's the ideal race day rest time between sprints? According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, it depends on which race you're running. Scientists had experienced sprinters run 15, 30 and 50 meter races with passive or active rest between start times. They found that a 1:10 sprint to rest ratio allowed full recovery after 15 meter races, but not for the longer runs. It didn't matter whether subjects rested passively (sitting down) or actively (walking).

True Strength Moment: Since the type of recovery didn't affect race performance, it's best to follow whichever strategy you're most comfortable with. The length of recovery you're allowed is largely dependent on how your races are scheduled, but most of the time you're likely to have at least 10 minutes between performances. Just remember to keep pace with hydration, carbohydrate fuel and amino acid support.
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