What it takes to run the 100m in less than 10.00s? and 10.50s? and 11.00s?

>> October 01, 2016

Fitness tests are commonly used by coaches and sports scientists to identify the current status of athletes, as a training reference source, and to assess the potential in actual performance, for example:  ability to run the 100m event in a specific timing.

To answer this question, "what it takes to run the 100m in less than 11.00s, less than 10.50s, or even sub-10s"?, coaches can consider several tests or assessments.

There are several tests that can be performed to assist in extrapolating the potential times (e.g., sub-10s) in 100m dash.

The recommended tests have taken into account the physiological and neuromuscular requirements for the 100m dash, such as acceleration, maximum speed, speed endurance, explosive power, reactive strength, and maximum strength.

Please see the parameters for the tests in the table below.

This guide may be used as a reference for young male sprinters, aged approximately 18 to 21 years. 

Older sprinters would have spent more hours of training (volume), physically well-built, and thus requires different criteria.

These tests can be done at the end of the preparation phase, or in the pre-competition phase, for the purpose of “predicting” your sprinter’s potential during the season.

Keep in mind that your athlete's ability will change based on the training provided.

The data obtained will give you an idea regarding the athlete's ability and potential, and should be used with caution; i.e., for a broad reference only (to understand the capacity and potential of your sprinters), and should not be used as an absolute confirmation.

Therefore, you must also know how to interpret or aggregate the test data; especially in a situation where a sprinter achieves "very good" results in one or two tests, but not so well in other tests.

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