Archive for May 25, 2009

40 Times and NFL Success

Posted in Random Thoughts, Training on May 25, 2009 by mboyle1959

A 2008 New York Times article had takes an interesting view of 40 yard dash times and NFL success. The gist of the article was that it is not how fast you run but, a combination of how big you are and how fast you run that predicts success. I have always been a big fan of the Lewis Formula for the same reason. The Lewis Formula takes vertical jump and bodyweight into account. The current standard appears to be the Sayers Formula.

In any case it is obvious that it is not just how fast you run or how high you jump but how much mass is moved in either case that really makes the difference. It is interesting to see how few pro teams in any sport have taken this information into consideration when drafting players. In fact many NHL teams actually value aerobic power over anaerobic power. Scary thought.