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  • Re: reaction times

    I knew a world class decathlete who, decades ago, decided that leg turn-over speed was a function of reaction time and, from that, concluded that if he could just train at a quicker turn-over rate then that would condition neural pathways to work faster and he would eventually be able to run faster. He calculated that maximum velocity for the fastest sprinters was more or less 27 miles per hour and then he rigged up a bunge to the back of his car and had his wife accelerate the car gradually up to 27 miles per hour over a grassy surface while he ran behind. He fell every time and was lucky not to have killed himself. This all says a lot more about the mentality of decathletes at the time than it does about training for reaction times!

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