stride rate


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stride rate

Postby fieldguy » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:22 am

Ohio State freshman H-back Dontre Wilson, generously listed at 5-10, has a very rapid stride rate. Ran a 10.5 100 in high school in Texas.Supposedly had a 4.33 40. Fastest OSU back I ever saw was Ted Ginn Jr., who was a smooth, long strider. So was Robert Smith. Michael Johnson was listed at 6-1 but had a very high turnover too. OSU's Butch Reynolds, whose 400 WR Michael broke, had a very long stride. Mechanically, are runners somewhat prisoners of their size? Is a high turnover less efficient than a long stride? Info appreciated.
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Re: stride rate

Postby Marlow » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:42 am

fieldguy wrote:are runners somewhat prisoners of their size? Is a high turnover less efficient than a long stride? Info appreciated.

Appearances are deceiving. What often appears to be short, choppy strides are actually covering a lot of ground because the runner is striking the ground with such force that they are being propelled up and forward, covering sufficient space to achieve a high velocity. Bolt has both; great power and long legs. Football players and short-race sprinters (<60m) definitely want to maximize stride frequency, but 100m and up requires great stride length also.
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