“Working the Dirt II”
By Tony Veney
Let’s look at three more hurdle qualities I believe can assist coaches in making them better able to make your “Newbie” hurdlers fast and your experienced hurdlers faster. I had a community college guy who was competition in his first decathlon, and was terrified of the high hurdles. The hurdle height did not scare him since he’s 6’4. He still thought he had to reach in order to make it to the next hurdle. Once I was able to give him a lead arm “cue” to concentrate on he took two seconds off his hurdle time in two weeks. I have talked before about the hurdle distance (9.14 and 8.50) and the running distance (5.94 and 5.50), in addition to the hurdle rhythmic unit (the time it takes to run from one touchdown to the next touchdown).
“Working the Dirt”
By Tony Veney
The 100 meter and 110 meter hurdle events must be thought of as sprint events, and not an event where you dump the slow kids. So don’t fill your hurdle crew with those young people who were not able to make your top three or four flat 100-200 meter sprinters. Since pure acceleration, acceleration, transition to top end speed, top end speed, and speed maintenance are the same for the flat and short hurdle races, specificity in training approach is key. Extensive analysis of good hurdling reveals:
The Elite Athlete’s Profile
By Tony Veney
Don’t let the word “Elite” put you off first of all. Whether your girl can run 11.85 or 13.22 in the 100 meters, or your 400 meter boy runs 48.00 or 54.00, the attitude of being great and expecting greatness covers everyone who runs this sport. The ability to accept personal inconvenience is critical to every athlete seeking to fulfill their genetic potential. The following “Got To’s” make up the E.A.P.:
Most high school athletes have no idea what to do to get noticed by college coaches. Too many people falsely believe that if they have good performances, coaches will automatically figure out who they are and recruit them.
A Guide to Handling Hamstring Injuries for the Coach
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 are also the most misunderstood injury in track and field. This often results in misapplied rehabilitation procedures. In this article we will attempt to establish a fundamental working knowledge of hamstring injuries. We will use some simplified anatomy and to explain the mechanisms that cause these injuries and voice some common sense injury management guidelines for the coach who must operate without great medical resources at hand.