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Differences Between Acceleration and Top Speed



Leg Action

Acceleration: Punch (piston like action)

Top Speed: Cyclical


Thighs

Acceleration: Scissors (knee low)

Top Speed: Scissors (knee high)


Dorsiflexion

Acceleration: Yes

Top Speed: Yes


Heel Recovery

Acceleration: Low

Top Speed: High


Body Angle

Acceleration: Leaning forward (whole body lean)

Top Speed: Upright (almost vertical)


Posture

Acceleration and Top Speed:

  • Straight line head to ankle

  • Tight through the core

Ground Contact

Acceleration: Push (Long)

Top Speed: Hit (Short)


Flight times

Acceleration: Short (Optimal)

Top Speed: Long (Optimal)


This article is an excerpt from Jon's e-book The Basics of Speed and Acceleration for Team Sport Athletes which you can download for free on the resources page