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It goes without saying that power plays a critical role in speed; however, it is rarely the MOST powerful sprinter that wins the race. Elite sprinting requires that the sprinter not only produce high amounts of force, but also produce it in the optimal amount of time, and align it in the optimal direction.
As it relates to our key words (as an efficient retrieval of a technical concept), POWER is important only during early acceleration - when time on the ground is in excess of time in the air. Once flight time exceeds ground-contact time (in most elite sprinters, somewhere around the 6th-9th steps), the word POWER is no longer effective, and we should move on to words that more accurately describe our technical objective for the remainder of the run.
However, because the speed reached in the initial steps highly correlates with the speed reached at maximum velocity, it is important that the athlete maximize this portion of the run. POWER is a word that resonates with most athletes - and when they have the TIME required to feel a horizontal push (during initial acceleration), POWER is most useful in reminding the athlete of the specific objective and feel. (📷: @fingermash 🏃🏻♀️: @allisonstokke)