Sports Medicine

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 349–351 | Cite as

Comment on: “The Effectiveness of Resisted Sled Training (RST) for Sprint Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”

  • Matt R. CrossEmail author
  • Pierre Samozino
  • Scott R. Brown
  • Johan Lahti
  • Pedro Jimenez-Reyes
  • Jean-Benoît Morin
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read with great interest the systematic review and meta-analysis by Alcaraz et al. [1], which aimed out to analyse the effects of resisted sled training (RST) loading and training status on sprint performance. We have several concerns that pertain to the operational basis of the review as well as to a flawed narrative around the applicability of RST (and resisted sprinting in general) to practice. Our primary aim here is to provide readers with additional context on which to base their decisions around assessment and selection of loading parameters for RST.

First of all, the need for an updated review and meta-analysis is never clearly justified by the authors. In fact, only 2 years prior a systematic review [2] was published citing only two fewer studies. Where relevant, the authors separate study interventions into ‘arbitrary’ categories of percentage of body-mass (%BM) loading parameters (i.e. < 20% BM [N = 12] and ≥ 20% BM [N = 3]). Of the analysed studies, 77%...


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Conflict of interest

Matt R. Cross, Pierre Samozino, Scott R. Brown, Johan Lahti, Pedro Jimenez-Reyes and Jean-Benoit Morin declare that they have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Biologie de la Motricité (LIBM)Université Savoie Mont BlancLe Bourget du LacFrance
  2. 2.Département Scientifique et SportifFédération Française de SkiAnnecyFrance
  3. 3.Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ), Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand
  4. 4.Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (NeuRRo Lab), Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationUniversity of Michigan Medical SchoolAnn ArborUSA
  5. 5.Laboratoire Motricité Humaine Expertise Sport Santé (LAMHESS)Université Côte d’AzurNiceFrance
  6. 6.Centre for Sport StudiesKing Juan Carlos UniversityMadridSpain

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