The Science of Speed: What Makes Jarrod Dyson So Fast?

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          We’ve seen speed on the base paths make a major difference for the World Champion Kansas City Royals.  But, medically speaking, what makes some players faster than others, and is there anything medically that can be done to increase speed? 

Royals’ team physician Vincent Key of The University of Kansas Hospital Sports Medicine and Performance Center says speed is a physiological process but one that can be only marginally improved by enhanced techniques.