Research Impact: This paper assessed the role of maximum strength and reactive strength in sprint mechanical properties and performance. Fourteen male and female sprinters completed an isometric mid-thigh pull (maximum strength), hopping and drop jumps (reactive strength) and a 40 m sprint. Sprint performance was assessed using split times in addition to mechanical measures derived from force-velocity-power profiling. Only peak force in the isometric midthigh pull was significantly correlated with maximal sprinting power in men only. The lack of association between reactive and maximal strength measures with sprint performance is potentially because of the test’s prolonged CTs relative to sprinting and the inability to assess the technical application of force.
Healy, R., Smyth, C., Kenny, I.C. and Harrison, A.J., 2018. Influence of Reactive and Maximum Strength Indicators on Sprint Performance. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002635