My Sprint App:
SPEED KILLS! But exactly how fast were you going?
If there is one thing that very athlete wants it is to be faster. Skill is vital but for a given level of technique it is always an advantage to be faster. Almost every sport attempts to incorporate speed training in some form. And while speed is genetically determined to a significant degree it can be improved significantly by training. Acceleration, which is the most important speed facet for soccer, can be improved even more than top speed. A major problem for all bar those the with the most resources has been the accurate measuring of speed. How do we know our training is successful? Enter the My Sprint app.
Without access to laser equipment or timing gates the measurement error is simply too great to have any confidence in the results. Until now.
Taking advantage of new iPhone technology, a European sports scientist, Pedro Jimenez Reyes, has created an app that is, for all practical purposes, is as accurate as you would ever need. The accuracy of the My sprint app has been validated in numerous scientific studies. It is simple to use and best of all it costs $9.99 (or 9.99 Euros).
The app is very simple to use.
1/ Create a 30 meter course
2/ Place cones roughly every 5m at the exact distances suggested. The only reason it is not exactly 5 m is that except at the halfway point (15m) you are looking at an angle and so adjustments need to be made for this.
3/ Film the sprint using your iPhone.
That evening, or whenever it is convenient, look at the film and calculate the total and split times. One of the beauties of the app is that it doesn’t affect training time at all. For another explanation of how to use the app watch this video from French sports scientist JB Morin from 36.25 minutes onwards.
This is a great tool for everyone. It’s so cheap and easy to use your players will probably want to test themselves at home as well. You call also use it for much more sophisticated analysis which I will cover in a later post. For instance, the readings can provide insight into whether your players are force or velocity deficient. If it’s the former maybe they need more strength training. If it’s the former maybe they need more speed work. And much more.
DISCLAIMER: Inside Soccer has no affiliation with the creators of the My Sprint app. It’s just a great product we wanted to bring to your attention.
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