As each year of draft classes and college recruits make their name in their respective sports, one thing stays constant as each new class comes in, they are more athletic. As the push for soaring vertical jumps, a more explosive 40-yard-dash, and higher strength numbers we see a need for Force-Velocity Profiling.
Force-velocity profiling is using an athlete’s static anthropometrics (bodyweight, height, wing span), dynamic measures (range of motion, force of leg pushes, 40-yard-dash time and splits) to calculate an athletes power output, max velocity, and acceleration. Using split times from our SmartSpeed laser devices, we are able to then use a formula to determine if an athlete is explosive, has a higher max velocity and the areas they need to work on! We will use this for example:
If we take a look at these athletes’ FV profiles, we can see they were able to achieve similar times in different results. Player A is slightly more explosive than Player B because their power output was higher. On the other hand, Player B has a higher max velocity during the run. We are able to see this because Player B obtained a similar time with less explosive numbers in his power output. This indicates foot contact time with the ground was shorter and did not produce higher power numbers, but translated to a higher velocity. Now that we understand how force, power, and velocity are important, we can now program and directly attack an athletes weaknesses.
If we are working with Player A, we now know based on his FV profile that he is an explosive athlete yet lacks the acceleration to hit higher max velocity numbers. At Perfect Performance we could prescribe max velocity targeting exercises such as: