The Development of Sprint Performance in Field Based Invasion Team Sport Athletes

The proposed research involves a Systematic Literature Review, seeking to determine the effects of resisted sprint training (RST) on sprint performance in field-based invasion team sport (FBITS) athletes. RST is a training method which applies external resistance to the sprinting movement, therefore allowing maintenance of sprint specific mechanical properties. Traditional training methods used to enhance sprint performance such as resistance training, typically aim to improve one’s ability to produce force and power or technical efficiency. However, resistance training exercises (e.g. back squat, deadlift) may lack the movement specificity required to enhance sprint performance. Hence, training methods such as RST which adopt comparable mechanical properties to the performance movement (i.e. sprinting) may elicit a greater transfer effect. Research in the area of RST is growing considerably, however there remains a dearth of knowledge surrounding the effectiveness of this training method among the female FBITS athlete population.

Cormac Ward

Cormac holds a first-class honours degree in Sports Science with Exercise Physiology, graduating from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2019. Cormac is also a practising Strength and Conditioning coach, working within elite sporting environments in hurling and also working with rugby union. Supervisors: Dr David Kelly, Dr Ciarán Ó Catháin and Dr Niamh Ní Chéilleachair.