This is going to be a short two part series.
The start is a significant aspect of being successful in any short-distanced sporting event. Good coaches of sprinters understand what technique delivers the fastest start This article is mostly geared towards analyzing the start technique for the skeleton push-start, and because skeleton hasn’t been researched that heavily – 9 published articles – it could potentially be of benefit to look at other models in sports that have similar start characteristics of the skeleton push-start.
Here is an excerpt from my Master’s Thesis on the Skeleton Push-Start on the variables of a fast push-start.
Skeleton athletes have 60 seconds from when their name is called to when they must start. There is a 2-inch high block they are able to push off of with their feet at the start. This is referred to as the starting block. The technique of the start varies from athlete to athlete between foot placement, hand placement, and if they rock the sled back and forth prior to driving off the starting block.