HMMR Podcast Episode 259: Speed in context (with Jonas Dodoo)

Sprinting on the track and sprinting on the field use the same blueprint. The key differences lie in how that blueprint is applied to a different context. On this week’s podcast speed coach Jonas Dodoo draws upon his experience helping elite players in nearly every sport get faster to explain the impact of the blueprint and the context on how you train speed.

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Jonas Dodoo is the head coach at Speedworks, with experience training both world class sprinters and team sport athletes in the UK and around the world.

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:30 – Comparing the principles of speed for sprinting vs. team sports: “Whether it’s speed in sprinting or a team sport, what it really comes down to is efficiency. Is your posture efficient or not? You don’t chance a model, you chase efficiency.”
  • 7:00 – Exploring efficiency.
  • 9:00 – Comparing efficiency in contexts: “When we are talking about good sprinting technique, the basics come from track and field since that’s where you can explore the higher bandwidth. Track gives us the blueprint.”
  • 14:15 – Fixing backside mechanics and overcoming fear: “In all team sports the biggest thing is fear. In individual sports, coaches are trying to push the physical side. In team sports, there is often a fear of pushing it.”
  • 17:15 – Injury reduction in sprinting and focusing on the pelvis.
  • 20:00 – Limiting factors for speed and putting speed in context: “You can make any player faster in a few weeks off season. It is harder to do that in season unless you’ve laid the foundation in the pre-season, then you can integrate speed work into drills during the season. Create a transition between your work and their work. The teams that do that really well win.”
  • 24:15 – Eddie Jones and how great fitness coaches build relationships and culture.
  • 29:45 – Reluctance for speed work and dialing in the right intensity: “Injuries do happen when you go hard. You have to earn the right to go hard. You don’t chase the numbers, you let them come through your process.”
  • 32:00 – Hamstrings and the work of Jurdan Mendiguchia: “Remember you always have positive and negative adaptations to training.”
  • 36:30 – The impact of GPS and awareness of load: “Over the years teams have gone to training less and giving more control to analysts. Now they are beginning to realize more training will help prepare more. People think they want minimum effective dose, but it needs to be effective, not just minimum.”
  • 40:30 – Balancing max speed and acceleration training: “In team sports you can do a little of everything and have nice responses. In track and field you better spend 12-16 weeks on developing one while maintaining the others if you want development.”
  • 48:45 – The Joel Fearon story.

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