S2 EPISODE 42 - Fundamentals of Speed, Acceleration & Coaching Athletes w/ Dr. Chris Bellon PhD

Season 2 Episode 42, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Chris Bellon PhD, who shares the four things you need to know about getting people fast, how sled towing and hill sprints help to accomplish 4 fundamentals, and how procedural memory development fits into the story. Chris talks about progressing from general to specific training, the role of stride length and rate, and outlines exercises to train specific qualities. He’ll also share the key relationship between weight room and quality speed development, how he monitors athletes, and the many demands facing young athletes today. Chris shares his tips for time-efficient workouts, the evolution of sport science and his biggest rocks for upgrading acceleration and sprinting.

Research Papers

An Elite Athlete's Initial Uphill Battle

Are running speeds maximized with simple-spring stance mechanics?

Resistance training intensity and volume affect changes in rate of force development in resistance-trained men

The nature of speed: Enhancing sprint abilities through a short to long training approach. 

About Dr. Chris Fellon PhD

Dr. Chris Fellon PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at LaGrange College. He teaches a variety of courses in the areas of sport physiology, motor behavior, coaching theory, and strength and conditioning. In addition, Dr. Bellon serves as the Director of Sports Performance in the LaGrange College SPEED Center. Within this role, he oversees the strength and conditioning practices for several athletic teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Prior to arriving in LaGrange, Dr. Bellon earned his doctoral degree in Sport Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University, where his academic endeavors focused on the enhancement of sprint acceleration in team sport athletes. During his tenure at ETSU, Dr. Bellon served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist for the university’s Olympic Training Site, as well as within the Athletics Department, working with a variety of athlete populations, ranging from international-level bobsledders to Division I women’s basketball players. Dr. Bellon currently resides in LaGrange, Georgia with his wife, Grace, and daughter Imogene. Follow Dr. Bellon on Twitter @DocBellon.