A total of 5 Athletes were tested between the ages of 18 to 25 years. All subjects have an athletic background, specialising in either 200m, 400m sprint running, Sprint Hurdles, Long Jump and Triple Jump. They had a training history of 5 to 10 years and train between 3 and 6 days a week.
All athletes took part in a rigorous warm-up, including dynamic stretching / mobilisation exercises a series of reactive jumps and counter movement jumps, with no technical coaching.
The athletes were split into two groups, one group of 3 were tested in a 30m sprint test and a reactive jumps test (Group 1). The other group of 2 were tested in a 30m sprint test and a counter movement jump test (Group 2). All jump tested were conducted in a controlled indoor environment.
The jump tests were conducted first. Each athlete had a trial run in the test to familiarise themselves with the activity and procedure. Group 1 proceeded with the reactive jump test, 4 jumps were completed with 3 jumps recording jump height, contact time and flight time athletes were instructed to jump as high as they can. Group 2 proceeded with the counter movement jump test, 3 jumps were completed. The athletes were instructed to keep their hands on their hips and stand up after each jump was complete and to jump as high as they can. Jump height was recorded.
The athletes then were given at least 6 minutes recovery time between each testing procedure. The athletes were then tested in a 30m sprint test using electronic timing gates. The 30m sprints were tested outside an uncontrollable variable included a cross wind. Each athlete then proceeded to run from a 3 point stance 1 meter behind the first set of timing gates and instructed to run as fast as possible in their own time.
The same tests were then repeated using the Freq Reflex, with only basic coaching instruction. Each athlete used the same set of green resistance bands which is the middle range of the 5 resistances available, depicted in the graph below. These same tests were then completed for a final time without the using Freq Reflex.
|Athlete||Sprint 1 (sec:min sec)||Sprint 2 (sec:min sec)||Sprint 3 (sec:min sec)|
|Athlete||Sprint 1 (sec:min sec)||Sprint 2 (sec:min sec)||Difference (sec:min sec)||Sprint 3 (sec:min sec)||Difference (sec:min sec)||Overall Difference (sec:min sec)|
|Athlete||Jump Height 1 (cm)||Jump Height 2 (cm)||Difference||Jump Height 3 (cm)||Difference||Overall Difference (cm)|
|Athlete||CMJ Height 1||CMJ Height 2||Difference||CMJ Height 3||Difference||Overall Difference|
|Athlete||Sprint Difference (sec:min sec)||Reactive Jump Difference (cm)|
|CMJ Difference (cm)|
The results gathered from the testing make for interesting reading, with the reactive jump test providing the most interesting results. Athletes A2 and A3 improved on their base line measurements on the 2nd test whilst using the Freq Reflex, improving by 11.43cm and 7.88cm. The 3rd test after using the Freq Reflex showed a significant improvement from the baseline measurements with athlete A1 improving by 7.12 cm and athlete A2 improving by 18.8 cm from their initial base line test. Measurements for the final test of athlete A3 were not possible as the test period had run over time.
This data clearly shows a positive effect on performance after using the Freq Reflex, demonstrating the possible use of the Freq Reflex prior to competition in order to maximise performance.
Only 2 Athletes were tested for the Counter Movement Jump test. Athlete A4 showed a very slight decline of 0.17 cm in their final test compared to their baseline measurement. Athlete A5 showed an improvement of 2.88 cm. As only to athletes were recorded for this test we can’t draw any conclusions.
The sprint test data also makes for interesting reading. Athletes A1, A4 and A5 all improved on their 30m Sprint time by between 0.02 and 0.07 seconds after using the Freq Reflex. Athlete A2 showed no improvement or decline from their baseline measurement. Only athlete A3 showed a decrease in performance on the 2nd and 3rd test whilst using the Freq Reflex and Post using the Freq Reflex. The results shown by Athlete A2 and A3 could be explained by a cross wind, potentially affecting results.
The reactive jump tests were in a more controlled environment than the sprint tests and were also performed before the sprint tests. This means that fatigue may have influenced sprint time as well as uncontrollable variables just as wind strength and direction.
Considering that all the athletes performed 5 explosive tests before completing their final sprint test with athletes A1, A4 and A5 showing an improvement apart from athlete A3 who showed a decrease and athlete A2 who equalled their baseline measurement. You would usually expect fatigue to produce negative results, which has not been the case after using the Freq Reflex.
The significant improvement by athlete A2 of 18.8cm in the reactive jump test is hard to explain as this is a drastic increase in performance. We can speculate that this athlete happened to respond to the stimulus of the Freq Reflex particularly well. It is a possibility that using the Freq Reflex improved their consciousness from a psychological perspective or perhaps a neural perspective. However there is a consistent improvement throughout the athletes tested after using the Freq Reflex, indicating a strong Post Activation Potentiation (PAP) effect. This demonstrates the potential use of the Freq Reflex towards the end of a warm-up to maximise performance during competition.
The limitations of these tests are the likelihood of fatigue from performing a number of different explosive testing exercises. Another limitation was the uncontrollable variable of a cross wind during the 30m sprint test. Lastly, the size of the testing group can only give an indication of the effectiveness of the Freq Reflex.
Future research to be conducted will test the Freq Reflex on one group of athletes per testing exercise in controlled environments. The size of the testing group will also be greater in number, and testing will be carried out on separate days. The 30m Sprint test will be conducted at an indoor athletics track. Each testing exercise will include a before, during and after effect of the Freq Reflex.
Further longitudinal testing will be carried out on the long-term effects of the Freq Reflex on running and jumping biomechanics, improvements in power production and real life application to sporting performance.
Based on these preliminary results, the positive feedback from the assistant coach¬es involved and, from the athletes, we can conclude that the Freq Reflex will prove to be an extremely valuable training tool for athletes. Early research indicates that the biggest short-term impact seems to be on 2 distinct levels:
1. A potentiation effect after using the product.
2. Improved neurological control and biomechanics as the athletes constantly referred to the “toe up” position almost taking care of itself with the product.
The important thing to consider is that much of the research on improving performance through the use of post-activation potentiation, involves extremely heavy loads to create fatigue and potentiation with a window of oppor¬tunity several minutes after exercises as the fatigue dissipates. The main problem with conventional methods of potentiating is the risk of injury from near maximum load training and an ambiguous window of opportunity at best that can range from 3-12 minutes from a heavy back squat.
The Freq Reflex could easily be used trackside pre-competition and as a warm up to ensure sufficient potentiation and a mechanical advantage that seems to stay for some time based on the data we have gathered.
Although the short-term effects of the Freq Reflex are very encouraging, it is important to consider the long-term impact of the product on several areas of performance including; Injury prevention, overall running efficiency for speed and endurance, optimal tendon function, a rate of force development and neural development to name just a few.
We are looking forward to future research projects confirming what has been indicated by anecdotal feedback and test results regarding the improvement in running and jumping performance that the Freq Reflex will provide for many athletes.