Force-velocity profiling: Is the juice worth the squeeze?

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to contribute this piece to SportSmith regarding several aspects of my thesis focussed on force-velocity profiling. Below is the first question from the interview.

There has been a lot of discussion / controversy about force-velocity profiling recently on social media. Can you briefly explain the debate?

The discussion surrounding F-v profiling specifically relates to the methodology put forward by Samozino et al. [5, 6]. This approach is based on simple “field methods” using a macroscopic biomechanical model and inverse dynamics, which I’ll refer to as the “SAM method.”

Without getting into the nitty gritty of the model (see references below), the SAM method brings the laboratory to the field, thereby allowing strength & conditioning coaches and sport scientists to quantify the mechanical characteristics of jumping and sprinting performance using only basic body measures such as body mass, standing stature, lower limb length, jump height and velocity-time (or position-time) data, without the need for laboratory grade technology.

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