College Football Players Seem to Grow Bigger and Stronger
...But Not Faster. It is evident by observation that college football strength and conditioning workouts can increase player’s muscle mass, but does it increase speed and power?
Study of NCAA athletes found speed and jumping power changed little over 4-year careers.
Dr. Victor Khabie, chief of sports medicine and chief of surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., said he was surprised by some of the study's findings. "I find it hard to believe that you can increase strength, but you can't increase power," he said.
"This study says some things are innate, like speed and power. So, you are who you are, and you can't change natural talent," Khabie said. "But, they didn't measure quickness or reflex. In a play, if you get the first step and get the inside move on a defender, then you're open for a play."
In addition, Khabie said there's more to speed and power than fast or slow muscle-fiber twitching. "Your hip, knee and ankle joints hold the muscles together and how those joints are coordinated in their movement affects your speed," he said. "If someone has a smooth run, what it means is they have innate coordination that probably starts in the brain."
Still, he said this was an important study that -- if the findings are replicated -- "could have ramifications on how we look at training."
Read complete article in HealthDay to learn more about the findings on college football strength and conditioning workouts.
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