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Topend Sports Newsletter: 25 Feb 2015

Sports Science News Alert #014

Combine Edition

Bringing you the latest news in sport, science, fitness and nutrition

Welcome to the sport science alert newsletter brought to you by Topend Sports, the ultimate online sport and science resource. With the Super Bowl over, interest in NFL is now centered on the draft combine, which has just finished up in Indianapolis on the weekend.

Even for the non-US readers, such as myself, the professionalism, passion, intensity and athleticism of American football is of interest to all sports and fitness fans. There are some great athletes in this sport, and the annual pre-draft fitness combine enables us to qualitatively see how their athleticism stacks up against athletes in other sports.

 


In the News


Broad Jump World Record: At the 2015 NFL combine on the weekend, Byron Jones smashed the existing combine record, and may have broken a world record for the standing long jump (also called the broad jump). His jump of 12' 3" (3.73m) surpasses the world record held by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag, who jumped 3.71 meters (12' 2.1") in 1968. Read more.

Technology & NFL: Advances in technology and sport science have made radical changes to the modern American football player. For example, Philadelphia Eagles players now consume individually-designed smoothies and wear various monitoring devices throughout each day. The modern player is better protected with scientifically designed protective gear, and perform better with 3-D designed footwear. All these things would have been unheard of even a few years ago. See more in the article How Much Better Has Technology Made Modern NFL Teams?

 


On Topend Sports


 


SPEED is what you need in NFL


Sprint fitness test
Although the physical demands vary between playing positions in an NFL team, polls on topend sports have indicated that speed and power are the most important attributes of success, and that the 40 yard dash is the most important test event. This is also reflected by the ratings of factors that contribute to successful performance in American football - where speed is rated the most important, along with agility and coping with pressure situations.

 


Video: Fastest 40 Yard Dash in 2015


See the fastest 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, 4.28 seconds by J.J. Nelson. It is super quick, but with a slight frame of just 5' 10" (178cm) and 156 pounds (70.8kg) there are doubts about his suitability for NFL. It is not just about speed.

 


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