Speed in Context

Rowden April 2019

• A component of physical fitness
• The inner structure of speed is significantly different from other components of physical fitness such as strength and endurance

• Speed has moved closer to the concept of well-timed movement sequences
• Is FH speed in 'shadow play' and multi-ball different?
• In multi-ball the arm speed acceleration is much higher than in shadow play
• Seems as if the athlete needs the 'feeding' of the incoming ball and the arm movement of the coach doing the feeding
• Both stimuli function as points of orientation
• Technically the shadow version of the stroke is executed very differently from the multi-ball version
• Multi-ball is both a functional and efficient practice instrument as it is difficult for technical mistakes to occur
• To maintain and increase speed use 6 to 8 shots explosively then rest
• To increase leg speed the best instrument is quick footwork drills with multi-ball
• Even weighted bats or leg/arm weights do not give any lasting gain, certainly not higher than conventioal speed training without extra loading
• There is a relationship between maximum power and motor speed
• Power training does improve one's velocity
• Must however incorporate strength enhancement accurately into dynamics of arm/leg movement at the table
• There is a close connection between speed and power -- work with higher intensity and fewer repetitions
• To increase power use 10 to 12 repetitions at a time
• Multi-ball practice plus power = the ideal for motor speed

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