I can tell you why you should join the Distance Group at this summer’s CTF Clinic, but I’m a sprints guy and I’m not sure what I say carries as much weight with you as it does with other sprinters/sprints coaches.
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.
The Tempo Run
Cross Country Training
The tempo run is a valuable training unit component that should be found in the microcycles of both middle-distance and distance runners, including cross country athletes. The name is derived from a musical term that refers to a recognized “rate of speed”. The rate of speed, or tempo, used in training distance runners is the ground speed employed at the individuals lactate threshold (LT) pace to reach exhaustion. The LT pace is an exercise physiology term that refers to the exact speed at which an individual runs at when the lactate metabolites and hydrogen ions that are being produced in the anaerobic glycolytic energy system cannot be effectively buffered or cleared to maintain homeostasis. As the volume of lactate and hydrogen accumulates in the working muscles from the reduction of anaerobically produced lactic acid, the muscles fatigue. Eventually enough collective fatigue occurs, forcing the cross country runner to stop completely.