In this episode of the SPS Performance Concepts Chat, Derek M. Hansen of StrengthPowerSpeed.com speaks with Dr. Ken Clark, a scientist, educator and coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Ken’s most recent research paper — a collaboration with Dr. Peter Weyand and Dr. Laurence Ryan — on Gait Mechanics and Running Ground Reaction Forces is the main topic of discussion in this podcast. Dr. Clark’s research interests include the mechanical factors underlying athletic performance and injury mechanisms, as well as the integration of motor learning with biomechanics as it relates to movement skill acquisition. He has peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, and the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.
Ken touches on his background in both research and performance sport, and relates his experience in applying his scientific principles in a practical coaching setting. He identifies the key elements of running fast and how these characteristics can be enhanced for athletes in field and court sports, as well as monitored and measured in an economical fashion. If you want to learn more about how to make your athletes faster, Ken Clark’s research is a very good place to build a foundation of knowledge.
Dr. Clark can be reached on Twitter via @kenclarkspeed
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