The 40 Yard Dash Starting Stance - Football Combine Training

By: Mike Gough

The 40 Yard Dash Starting Stance - Football Combine Training

So much emphasis in the football scouting process is placed on the 40 yard dash time. From the NFL Combine to Nike Combines, both professional, college and high school football players future can be dependent on their performance in the 40 yard dash.

Like any other test in the football combine testing process, the setup or start stance is critical to the outcome of the test. Here are two important tips to help you improve you starting stance for the 40 yard dash.

Tip 1 - Keep the back leg parallel to the ground
Bend your back leg so the knee is close to the ground, almost parallel to the ground. This is a good power angle for the start. In order to fire out low with optimal acceleration this back leg needs to stay down. If it is raised up so it is at a greater angle then the tendency is for the athlete to pop straight up limiting acceleration.

Tip 2 - Keep the head down
When in the 40 yard dash starting stance keep your head down. This will allow you to fire out at a angle for acceleration. Often many athletes will bull their neck, looking upward on the start causing them to pop straight up, once again limiting acceleration. The head should be down and stay down until the end of the acceleration phase.

These two tips should help get the right start stance for the 40 yard dash. With so much at stake with the 40 yard dash, preparation for this test is important when preparing for the NFL Combine or any other football combine.

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