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NPR asks Peter Weyand “how do pro sprinters run so fast?”

DALLAS (SMU) – If you’ve ever watched any races with the Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, you may have wondered just how he was able to run so fast.

Southern Methodist University professor Peter Weyand, who leads the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory, explained the science behind high-speed running for professional sprinters in an interview with NPR’s WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. You can listen to the podcast here.

Weyand is well-versed on the topic, having recently co-authored a study that analyzed the way Bolt and other elite athletes ran by using a new motion-based method to assess the patterns of ground-force application.

Weyand is Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and professor of biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development.

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