I wanted to hop back in on this thread because I believe there are still some points which have yet to be addressed.
The next couple points will be a series of little lists broken down in to various categories to help clarify where I stand. Please note that I am listing these here so that we (Coach Ross and everyone he???s arguing with) don???t continue to argue about things that no one is arguing about while avoiding things that actually are under dispute and so we don???t argue about points that are actually not debatable at all.
Points where I agree with Coach Ross (so please DO NOT argue these):
- The importance of force and power producing abilities relative to bodyweight.
- The role and importance of strength training in the development of all runners.
- The belief that sprint drills cannot directly be used to improve running performance.
- The belief that vertical force application is more important than horizontal force application when an athlete reaches top speed.
- The concept that short distance sprint speed determines longer distance sprint performance.
- Swing phase kinematics are a byproduct of the force applied to the ground.
- Ground contact time is too short to volitionally make changes to the direction of magnitude of the force application while in support.
- The importance of a relatively simple strength training program using ground-based, multi-joint lifts with relatively low volumes and high loads.