Title

Role of arm mechanics during sprint running: A review of the literature and practical applications

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Strength and Conditioning Journal

Publisher

Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

29327

Comments

Originally published as: Macadam, P., Cronin, J. B., Uthoff, A. M., Johnston, M., & Knicker, A. J. (2018). Role of arm mechanics during sprint running: A review of the literature and practical applications. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(5), 14-23. Original publication available here

Abstract

The importance of arm action during sprint running has been an ongoing discussion among practitioners. Although some coaches believe that the arms serve to merely provide balance to the rotary momentum of the legs, others believe that the arms are vital to sprint running performance and contribute to propulsive forces. Although a large body of research has been undertaken into the effects of leg kinematics and kinetics on sprint running performance, the role of arm action remains ambiguous and under investigated. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to improve understanding related to arm mechanics during sprint running and provide practical context guidelines.

DOI

10.1519/SSC.0000000000000391

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