In one of my last posts, I looked at a research review on what limits an athlete’s ability to perform repeated sprints. That research team did a follow up article on what previous research indicates as recommendations for training an athlete’s repeat sprint ability. A brief synopsis of the review indicates that:
there is not one type of training that can be recommended to best improve RSA and all of the factors believed to be responsible for performance decrements during repeated-sprint tasks.
Boo. So no magic pill. No quick and dirty answer. Basically, RSA is a complex form of fitness dependent on many physical qualities (metabolic, neural, biomechanical, etc). That said, two key recommendations did emerge from the review:
- It is important to include traditional sprint training methods to improve an athlete’s capacity in a single sprint effort.
- Some high intensity interval training is beneficial to improve the athlete’s ability to recover between sprint efforts.
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