Sprint drills can provide benefit, but some put more stake in them then they really should. You can hammer away all day at doing picture-perfect sprint drills, but just because you can perform them perfectly doesn’t mean you’ll magically be able to sprint perfectly. Sprint drills shouldn’t just be used to develop sprint mechanics, but more importantly should be viewed and used as a multi-purpose tool.
Sprint drills can be utilized for the following:
- Warmup – Sprint drills follow the rough guidelines of an appropriate warmup – dynamically moving joints through an increasingly larger range of motion.
- Cueing – Sprint dills are in essence, slowed down, exaggerated segments of a full sprint. Cues can be given to athletes during drills to get them to feel the correct positions that should be present during specific portions of the sprint cycle.
- Diagnosing Movement Patterns – Another benefit of using sprint drills is to effectively diagnose and fix an athlete’s movement patterns and unsatisfactory ranges of motion.