Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The 20 metre Rule

In the past I've posted lots of thoughts on functional training, including some research on appropriate training for football.

Dr Craig Duncan is currently the director of The Academy of Athletic Development and Head of the Sport and Fitness department at the South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.

He completed his PhD in Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Sydney and has numerous published papers on the effect of exercise on the human body. Craig has worked with a number of sporting organisation including NSW Institute of Sport, Football Federation Australia, Sydney Olympic Football Club and International Goalkeeping Acadamy. Craig's special interest is in Total Athletic Condioning and applying a systematic approach to training.
Craig comments occasionally on this blog - which I find quite humbling. He is a proper scientist and I am an amateur in all this. I find diet and training fascinating, but my degrees are in other disciplines.

Anyway, Craig has a blog with some interesting and stimulating ideas. I was really impressed with his latest post:

Team Sports and the 20metre rule

I believe that the maximum distance a multi sprint sport athlete needs to run in one direction during conditioning training should be limited to 20metres. Think about it for a while and try it as I have tried to follow my 20metre rule for the majority of the training year. In the analysis of soccer we can see that it is rare a player runs more than 20etres in one direction so I ask why should we do anything differently in training? We want to move away from players cruising during the game and move towards attacking the space at pace

Check out his stuff


Anonymous said...

I find this quite interesting as I am a qualified soccer coach. The Football Association of Ireland has been stating that the most players run is 20 meters at a time for the last number of years on their courses.

However, there are always exceptions to the rule though as I have a couple of players on my team that would run the length of the pitch to win a ball.

Dr Craig S. Duncan said...

Hi chris thanks very much for taking the interest in this post and like Ive said before you do an outstanding job and your blog is the first i read everyday. Re the comment by anonymous I do agree that there will be players who run box to box but mostly the distance is 20metres at 100% and by training over this distance with repeated effort it will still make them conditioned for the longer sprint. Try it and see how you go as I have experimented with a number of methods and my testing data demonstates that the shorter distance stuff is very effective