While it’s no mystery that performance enhancing drugs are popular amongst the worlds elite; I’m sure I don’t have to remind anyone that the abuse of these pharmaceuticals is undoubtedly more wide spread and rampant amongst the less than elite. Thus, I’d just assume leave the discussion of drug use to the wind
Regarding using the world’s elite as a reference and a model for discussion/comparison- I’ve always found that this provides, acknowledging the drug topic, a much more stable platform for discussion as the farther down the preparation/qualification ladder we descend the more nebulous the discussion becomes. We know that the lesser evolved motor apparatus is much more receptive to a wider spectrum of training irritants. Thus, it’s very challenging to impart consistency to discussions for or against the use of particular training means.
I think it would be important then to realize that the very elite i a certain area will likely be predisposed to have certain characteristics that may not even need additional training that those of “lower classifications” (to use your terms) may not have. If you are born with great elastic strength and a good body type for sprinting, but perhaps weak(er) in static strength and maximal strength, you are going to benefit from and need much different training from a person that is not born with those same characteristics.
Perhaps most important, I’m sure that none of your readers are interested in what types of training are most beneficial in assisting athletes towards mediocre results. Thus, while the degree of drug use is surely varied (in terms of type, dosage, and duration) these numbers cannot be certain amongst large groups of highly qualified sprinters. Taking this into account, I’ll speak for everyone in stating that we are all more interested in what occurred along the path of realizing sub 10sec in comparison to a futile debate surrounding what ‘might’ be more effective in attaining 10.5
How many people of non-West African descent have gone sub 10? How many people in sports that aren’t called track and field can go sub 10.5? How many of your football players can run at that level? Your friends at EliteFTS have said numerous times that the training that gets you to one point will not get you to another, so I’m sure you have thought about this to an extent.
readers will appreciate the data collected by Anatoly Bondarchuk (whose coached more medalists in international competition than any other coach in the history of the games):
How many people really throw the hammer world wide? I don’t know of any state that even offers it at the high school level. Let’s talk about shotput, kinda similar to the 100m of throwing. How many athletes has Bondarchuk coached to medal in those events and were they using Olympic lifts to a significant degree during their development?
Correlational Interrelationship Between Preparatory Results in Several Specialized-Preparatory, Specialized-Developmental Exercises, Exercises with Lighter and Heavier Implements with Results in the Shot Put in Women Athletes Having Various Qualifications- revealed that the bench press and 7 different forms of throwing various weighted shots all correlated higher than the snatch with respect to results in the 19-20m range and the bench press, barbell squat, vertical jump, standing triple jump, standing long jump, and 8 different forms of throwing various weighted shots all correlated higher than the powerclean with respects to results in the 19-20m range
I personally find it ironic that you are mentioning this because of the disbelief and lack of respect (in that you didn’t take it very serious) you showed regarding the very high correlation of the OHB and 100m results for Pfaff/LSU/others.