[i]Originally posted by mike[/i]
2belite and others-
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on my comments regarding sprint mechanics.
"This is a MAJOR problem. So much so that I probably should have stated earlier that all movements should be geared towards setting up a shin angle that is perpendicular to the ground at ground contact AND minimizing the horizontal distance between the point of ground contact and the plumb line of the athlete's COM. All of Bruno's other "great" traits are of little consequence if they don't result in hitting these key points…..at least in my opinion. There are some benefits to the other points you mentioned but I think they are almost inconsequential if they do not help to set up the two previously mentioned points at ground contact. I think if these two points are acheived it will take care of or make insignificant almost every other technical flaw."(Mike)
I think the above is dead on. This is why I said on another thread that Coby is no worse off than other sprinters. Get the hips up and most things will sort themselves out.
However, I do think sprinting is much of a skill as it is dependent on power. I am not sure about this as yet, but I think a big part of "the skill" has to do with takeoff angles.(The angle is from toe-off to the COM, no regards for full extension).