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Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale- Massive Savings

Our Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale will begin on Friday, November 25 and will run through Monday, November 28. Here’s how it works: From FRIDAY 11/25 – MONDAY  11/28, every Complete Track and Field program is on sale for 25% off when you use coupon code: CTFSAVINGS.  HOWEVER: Each day of the sale we will be highlighting a specific event group/category where you can get up to 50% off our most popular individual programs and program bundles ON THAT DAY ONLY. For example, all Sprints programs will be 25% off all week. But, on 11/25, all Sprints programs will be 40-50% off for that day only. On 11/26, sale prices go back to 25%. If you’re in the market for programs addressing 55m- 600m, be sure to get…

Epidemiology of Running Injuries

Running injuries can be defined in numerous ways and their treatment suffers from the lack of a consistent set of defining parameters.  The scientific literature variously defines a running injury to have occurred when it is severe enough to reduce the volume of miles run and cause the runner to take a medication or see a health care professional.  Others define a running injury as an incidence that hampers training for at least one week.  When the literature is examined to determine the incidence of running injuries (in studies of 500 or more participants) the yearly incidence rate ranges from 37% to 56%.  Despite the relatively high incidence rate of running injuries per runner per year, this incidence rate is still 2 to 6 times…

Cross Country Assessment of the Primary Physical Components

Cross Country Assessment of the Primary Physical Components To improve athletic performance in any sport requires ongoing development of the five primary physical components: speed, endurance, strength, flexibility, and coordination.  Balanced development in these five bio-motor skills is sport specific with the training emphasis on each of the five determined by the demands of the sport and the profile of the athlete.  In cross country running there is a heavy emphasis on endurance training, with the other four components used to a lesser degree to maximize performance.  Overall, cross country running performance is easy to assess as it is the elapsed time on the watch for the distance raced.  This final time however does not tell the whole story of the five primary physical components…

Periodizing Special Endurance 2 Sessions: Middle Distance

Periodizing Special Endurance 2 Sessions: Middle Distance Multilateral training done in planned balance is the general theme of modern middle distance training.  Much has been learned over the past couple of decades about the value of concurrently training all five of the primary physical components to achieve a better runner.  Sport scientists working with sizeable experimental samples of distance runners and sprinters have done a remarkable job of testing the hypotheses associated with the primary physical component characteristics relating to human running performance.  Training theorists applying accepted scientific principles have given middle distance coaches an outstanding roadmap for setting up training plans specifically emphasizing speed and strength.  In addition to recent gains pure scientific knowledge, speed-related terminology has been standardized so that coaches can communicate…

Endurance as a Primary Physical Component in Cross Country

Endurance as a Primary Physical Component in Cross Country It can be said that a high level of endurance is the most important of the five primary physical components found in a cross country runner.  The danger in making such a statement is that it may diminish the importance of the other four: speed, strength, flexibility and coordination in setting up the training plan of that runner.  A planned balance training scheme addresses all five of the primary physical components, but it scales the importance of each to the specific demands of the athletic activity.  [/img_text_aside] Endurance is worked on and developed most often in a cross country runner, while the other four are developed to a lesser degree over time. However, a player in…

Should You Get This New Advanced Topics in Cross Country Training Program?

If you’re the type of cross country coach who, when the right program comes along, isn’t afraid to spend actual human money in order to get better at coaching, keep reading.  That being the case, I’ll skip all the standard fare marketing strategies and get right down to brass tacks: Is Scott Christensen’s new Advanced Topics in Cross Country Training program the right coaching resource for you? I’m finding there are two primary questions you may have, either of which could be preventing you from investing in the course. Here they are (and if I swung and missed, you can post your question/s at the bottom of the page): Question #1: “I have some of Scott’s other Complete Track and Field Programs. How much of the material in…

Summer Camp Registration Deadline is This Friday!

If you’re still debating whether or not to come to the clinic this summer, search #ctfclinic on Twitter to see what past attendees said during and after the event. So, every year we get a flood of last minute registrations and countless sad stories from coaches, parents, and athletes who waited too long and get locked out. If you want to take advantage of the $50.00 ‘Early Bird’ discount and NOT have to pay full price, you MUST register by the end of the day this Friday, May 27. ⇒ Register now for the 2016 CTF Summer Clinic (click on the event groups in the menu for their individual pages.) Coaches: Remember, if you send three athletes from your program, you can come for free. If you coach high school…

Speed as a Primary Physical Component in Cross Country Training

  Despite what it is intuitive to the training of cross country runners, absolute speed is a critical primary physical component to five kilometer (k) racing success.  Many studies have linked the 40 meter maximum velocity performance in a runner to success in events all the way out to the 10k.  Speed generally involves three components: acceleration, maximum speed and speed endurance.  It is generally thought that acceleration may be important to endurance events like the 800 meters, but it is not critical to the 5k.  Where the real speed emphasis should be in a cross country training plan is in the modalities of maximum speed and speed endurance. Maximum speed, (also known as absolute speed), is the greatest locomotive velocity attainable in an athlete. …

Calories as Energy Currency for Middle Distance Runners

The concept of calories in food is everywhere.  Visit any bookstore and the section of the building that contains books on dieting and calories is among the largest you will find.  It seems so simple: eat fewer calories then one uses each day and body weight will be lost.  Consume more calories then is used each day and body weight will be gained.  Calories are scientific units of measurement that are used both in energy intake and energy expenditure by animals.  But, what really are the calories importance to a middle distance runner and their training and racing?  The everyday use of the term calories is a means to indicate potential energy in the foods that are available for consumption.  In actuality, foods are measured…

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