There’s a big debate about whether or not football players actually get faster in college. A new study published in The Journal of Athletic Training suggests that they don’t. While most athletes improve strength and size, not speed, college football players typically don’t add vertical leaps to their time. The answer lies in other factors, such as genetics. It is best to concentrate on improving speed and power as you move through your high school years.
The NFL is not the only league where players improve. Studies have shown that college football players get bigger and stronger. However, they don’t improve their speed. The only real difference between a high school and a college football player is that the former is faster than the latter. It’s important to note, however, that NFL players can’t be considered’super athletes’ because their bodies are built differently.
The NFL is notorious for making players slower, but a recent study revealed that this isn’t the case for college athletes. The NFL Combine’s 40-yard-dash times of 203 players were compared to high school times. The conclusion: 157 of these players have become slower, or the same as their high school times. Moreover, the average college football player has lost almost a tenth of a second in speed after four or five years in a strength and conditioning program.