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Lower Body Mechanics in the Throws

Complete Teaching Progressions for the Throwing Events   Biomechanical Concerns.  When we look at lower body activity in the throwing events, we are concerned with three realms. They are blocking, lengthening the implement’s path, and force production. Blocking.  Blocking refers to a stopping or abrupt deceleration of the thrower’s movement. This fosters a transfer of…… More

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Commonality Based Coaching

  What is a Commonality?    Simply put, a commonality is something two things have in common. In track and field coaching, the commonalities we are concerned with are shared skills and movements. There are two types of commonalities we’ll discuss here, intraevent commonalities and interevent commonalities. Intraevent Commonalities.  Intraevent commonalities are technical features and movement…… More

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A Guide to Handling Hamstring Injuries for the Coach

Introduction Hamstring injuries are probably the most troubling of all typical track and field injuries. The frequency with which they occur, their debilitating nature, combined with the fact that they seem to strike when least expected and at the worst times make them the most frightening of all injuries. In addition to this, hamstring injuries…… More

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Athlete and Group Management…What’s Important in Coaching

Perspectives. Often we get so caught up in the technical side of coaching… writing workouts, teaching techniques, attending competitions… that we forget about the process of coaching. The biggest part of coaching is creating an environment that enables young people to learn, grow improve, and succeed. The biggest part of creating that environment is the…… More

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Off Season Training for the Jumper

A common concern and question for the jump coach of any level is simply this. The season is over… now what? If not moving into another sport, what comes next for off season training? Recently for some reason I have been inundated with questions about this time of year, a time of year no one…… More

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Special Considerations for the High Jump Approach

Importance of the High Jump Approach When projected into flight, the center of mass of any object (including the human body) follows a predetermined, predictable, unalterable parabolic curve. Thus, establishment of the proper flight path is totally dependent upon proper force application during ground contact. Since all takeoff forces (including eccentric forces) are applied while…… More

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Is ‘back arch’ important in the high jump?

Normally we equate a large degree of back arch as a beneficial element of ‘over the bar’ mechanics in the high jump. And by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’ because that is what I thought. But as I was watching Boo Schexnayder’s High Jump Technique and Teaching DVD, he said something quite different. When I posted…… More

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Boo Schexnayder on Long Jump Penultimate Step Technique

  Prior to contacting the surface, the penultimate leg must be prepared for impact. This is done by placing the ankle in an exaggerated dorsiflexed position in such a way that the heel leads the foot toward the ground… In this video, Boo Schexnayder teaches penultimate step technique for the long jump. Long Jump: Technique…… More

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Boo Schexnayder on Triple Jump

Aside from basic bounding skills, there are two major technical components of concern in the hop phase: 1. The Hop Leg Cycle 2. The Free Leg Cycle Watch as Boo Schexnayder sheds more light on the first phase of the triple jump: Get more exclusive information on the horizontal jumps from Coach Schexnayder. If you…… More

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13 Questions (and Answers) with Boo Schexnayder

Jumps Expert Boo Schexnayder answers 13 popular questions from Complete Track and Field readers. Question #1: How do you increase the distance of the second phase of the triple jump? Coach Schexnayder: The second phase of the triple jump seems difficult to fix because it is a collection point for all triple jump errors. Any…… More

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Coaching the Triple Jump

Coaching the Triple Jump By Boo Schexnayder, LSU I. Understanding the Event A. The Run and Its Purpose B. Hip Undulation and the Phases C. Making the Connection II. The Approach Run A. Phases B. Technical Features Posture Progressive Body Angles Pushing Up Vertical Velocities in the Run Elastic Energy Factors III. General Considerations for…… More

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Coaching the Long Jump

Coaching the Long Jump By Boo Schexnayder, LSU I. Understanding the Event A. The Run and Its Purpose B. Lowering and Setting Up the Takeoff C. Hip Undulation and the Takeoff D. Making the Connection II. The Approach Run A. Phases B. Technical Features 1. Posture 2. Progressive Body Angles 3. Pushing Up 4. Vertical…… More

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Simplified Coaching in the Sprint Hurdles

Simplified Coaching in the Sprint Hurdles Boo Schexnayder, Schexnayder Athletic Consulting Introduction Coaching the sprint hurdles can be a daunting task… many variables and few constants. Here we ease coaching by developing a simple coaching system for the 100 and 110 hurdles. The key to simplifying the hurdles, as in any other technical event, lies…… More

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