Punch the Ground Forcefully for the Sake of Lightning Speed!
Anyone who loves watching sports, especially the branch of athletics, will know that Usain Bolt is the fastest sprinter this world has ever had, at least so far until some other sprinters manage to reach a new record to break his. Well, while most people can only be amazed with the ‘lightning’ speed that Usain Bolt has shown during his sprint matches, scientists are doing an even better thing, studying how it is even possible for a man to reach such a mind blowing speed. Well, as it turns out, the secret lies in how much an athlete successfully manages to punch the ground. This will determine how far an athlete will have run in only a matter of minutes, or perhaps even seconds.
The study carried out by these scientists has shown quite a surprising result. Somehow, it seems like men, even scientists themselves, have never realized how much speed is affected by a force to the ground. The study in question has revealed that if a person desires to reach an elite speed, it will be necessary for him to realize that he needs to use his distinct limb dynamics in order to make it possible for the athlete to give an increase to the ground forces the moment his feet touch the ground.
So, with that being said, people should realize that sprinting fast is not just as simple a matter as lifting their legs so that they will bounce off the ground. This is a mistake that most runners out there do in common. This has now been made clear, courtesy of a human biomechanics expert that works for the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Ken Clark. According to Ken Clark, most effective sprinters out there will normally attempt to get a delivery mechanism as well as a wind-up so as to help them augment impact forces. This is why these runners are more effective than the rest of them out there.
As it turns out, most of the top sprinters out there have one thing in common, a distinctive running pattern. Based on the data acquired, it can safely be said that most, if not all, of these top sprinters have about a similar solution when it comes to gaining as high speed as possible. This solution leads to the theory that when people put biology and physics side by side, only one solution of fast sprinting will be obtained.
In order to gain a speed boost while starting a run, people will have to cock their knee considerably high. Afterwards, they can safely drive and land their foot on the ground. Yet, at the same time, these people will have to maintain a somehow stiff ankle as well. When they manage to perform these moves successfully, they will see their ground forces elevated. This is possible because the people will have stopped their lower leg abruptly in this case when their foot makes contact with the ground. Credit should go to the director of the locomotor performance lab of the Southern Methodist University for the explanation, in this case Peter Weyand, an expert in running mechanics.
This theory does not come from out of the blue. It is based on a number of tests carried out at the aforementioned lab. What the tests actually do is make a comparison between the athletes that run fast and the athletes that are actually competitive or effective sprinters.
Now, what the tests show is that for some of those fastest runners or sprinters in the world, what they usually do is decelerate their ankle along with their foot in just a little more than two-hundredths of a single second and they do that just shortly after their feet touch the ground for the very first time before they start running. The discoveries from the study in question have also been published on The Journal of Experimental Biology and The Journal of Applied Physiology. Thankfully, the discoveries are entirely available for access via the World Wide Web.