What's the test to truly assess speed on the football field?

The 40 yard dash has usually been the standard in this field and is the test that has accumulated the most data over the years. It is a fairly reliable indicator to assess acceleration and speed and coaches can document improvement over time and compare with others to judge your performance. However, many athletes stop accelerating after the first 10-20 yards (especially for larger athletes) and the test changes in what is actually being measured. The 20-yard dash is usually a better assessment for the grand majority of players to measure their ability to accelerate by running the sprint for time. It will provide a legitimate measure of speed and acceleration and a very safe platform to deliver maximum effort with decreased opportunity for injury.

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