Resisted & Assisted Sprint Training – New Studies in Athletics


Resisted sprint training (RST) and assisted sprint training (AST) are methods used to overload the neuromuscular and physiological systems with the aim of causing adaptations that transfer to ‘free’ maximal sprinting (MS). This review of more than 50 publications summarises the effects of RST and AST with the aim of assisting coaches to understand their application.

This article will be in print next month in the upcoming ‘New Studies in Athletics’ journal. With permission from the NSA, it can be shared by the lead author.

Below is some information about the NSA Journal, plus a link to the archives:

In 1984 the IAAF Council appointed a scientific working group with the specific task of producing a journal emphasising the technical aspects of athletics. In the following year during the Council Meeting in Athens (1985), it was decided to publish the magazine under the name “New Studies in Athletics”. The first issue was published in 1986.

Among the existing technical publications, NSA has established itself as a much respected international journal and illustrates the importance the IAAF attaches to scientific and coaching information.

Most of the articles published have been original contributions and provide a valuable source of information for coaches combining the scientific theory, such as biomechanics, with the practical application.

This high level of information comes with an excellent standard of production. NSA is an attractively designed publication with an impressive selection of quality coloured photographs. An essential publication in the coaching world designed with coaches in mind.


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