I have to agree with Davan here…
The more research i’m doing lately on special strength requirments (my masters project) only confirms is as well.
Yes, max strength is valuable. Yes, beginner sprinters can improve speed solely becuase their max strength improves…But it soon has diminishing returns on speed and jumping. Everyones point of diminishing returns is also different. That depends on their natural ability to develop force at high rates.
It doesn’t matter if someone’s maximum strength is through the roof if they can only use 1/100th of it during the 0.12 ish contact times of a sprint race or take off.
The real importance then becomes and should always been rate of force development and reactive strength work.