Squat Strength Vs. Sprint Speed

Squat Strength Vs. Sprint Speed Racking a new personal best for the back squat and posting your fastest 40 yard dash time are two very different types of physical accomplishment. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research looked at both of these challenges to see if there were correlations between maximal strength and speed.

Scientists determined the 5-, 10- and 20-meter sprint times for 24 professional rugby players and 20 recreational athletes. Then they calculated their one rep max on the back squat. The pro athletes were faster and stronger, as you might expect. But there were no significant differences in relative strength between the groups. Strength was determined to be important to initial acceleration, but more strongly related to longer sprinting distances for the recreational athletes.

True Strength Moment: For top-level competitors, some extra squat sessions during the off season might be a great way to bring up on-field performance. Recreational athletes can use the performance exhibited by these rugby players as inspiration for what's possible with lots of hard work and dedication. For some tips on developing well-rounded athletic performance with squat variations, check out today's Performance Blog post at ABBperformance.com
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