Estimating sprint training times: what is an appropriate target time?

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During the running events in track and field, the goal is to run at the fastest pace possible that is sustainable for the duration of the race. In the sprint events, what are the most appropriate training times to achieve the fastest race time? The aim of this study was to develop a mathematical function that could be used to calculate an individual athlete's sprint training times for 60m to 1000m based upon a season's 100m target time. A mathematical function was fit to the velocity-distance World Record data. Based upon the velocity-distance relationship, the 'curve' could be adjusted according to an athlete's 100m target time. Results have shown that the 'curve' can be individualised while maintaining the key characteristics seen in the World Record data. It is possible to create individual target sprint-training times that are progressive and realistic for each athlete with the goal of achieving the season's target 100m time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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