Many people question the benefits of running 40-yard dashes. With a well-designed program from warm-up to execution and good monitoring of runs, running 40s should not be any more of a risk than squatting heavy.
Dehydration is your silent opponent. The harder your players push, the more they sweat. The more they sweat, the more water escapes their body, and with it goes speed, power and performance.
Most athletes do not have the education or experience that strength coaches have in the design and implementation of training programs. It is the job of the strength coach to ensure that essential concepts of athletic development are consistently followed with an eye toward the needs of each team and/or individual.
When the football season begins, Oklahoma State University’s Rob Glass, who is the Cowboys’ assistant athletic director for strength, speed and conditioning, changes the way he conducts his strength and conditioning program because of a new variable: football practice.