A frequently asked question is how fast athletes in sports apart from track and field, where the precision of timing is well established, really are. Other vitals, such as height and weight, are readily accepted, but benchmarks on speed in field sports are viewed with skepticism given the problems with timing accuracy and achieving common-ground testing.
The transition from 8 to 7 steps is not as easy as doing some starts in the fall and hoping things work out. Could you share what general development aspects coaches in high school can think about so they are not impairing long-term development with 8 steps but not pushing 7 steps early. The transition and decision is very unique and copying elite athletes can be a disaster. What are your thoughts here?
For years we have heard the phrase relax and win, where relaxing is heralded as the secret to speed, to winning. Relaxation is essential. But what facilitates relaxation when sprinting at speed? The answer may be rhythm, a lesser-known quality that may be more important than we think for speed. In this article, we will explore what rhythm is and what we can do in training to improve it.
Each spring, high school underclassmen around the country take part in regional events called the Nike SPARQ Combine. Though many believe that SPARQ is just a Nike product line, it is actually its own entity that began in 2004 with the goal of developing a sort of SAT score for baseline athletic ability. SPARQ itself stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. At each combine, an athlete is put through a battery of four tests. Their outcomes in each test are measured and then transformed in to an overall number, called their SPARQ score. In this manner, talent evaluators have a sort of SAT score for an athlete’s raw talent, and a way to compare individuals.
Since the mid-1800’s, runners have been using track spikes to get the most speed out of every stride. Originally made of leather with hand-forged spikes, this ubiquitous piece of track equipment has evolved right along with the sport itself. Many of the companies that began with the invention of the track spike are now large athletic conglomerates and their founders names are etched in running history. A lot has changed about track spikes, but at their core is still the idea that thin piece of steel can help a runner gain extra time.
Carmen Bott is a strength and conditioning coach in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She sees athletes privately and also works as a Performance Consultant for Wrestling Canada. Carmen is also on Faculty at Langara College in the Kinesiology Department.
Chris has been coaching track for 22 years in Illinois. he has coached high school football and track at Hinsdale Central, Downers Grove North and York high schools, producing 59 all-state track athletes, three individual state champions, two team state champions, three 2nd place team finishes, and two 3rd place finishes. His sprint relays at York High School have run some of the fastest times in the history of the state of Illinois.
Plyometirc boxes come in many shapes, sizes and types, but the principle is always the same – they help you force your body to jump higher and train it to stick the landing with balance. You can determine which boxes are right for you by evaluating the pros and cons of each option. These include cost, size, space availability and safety.
Brisbane Broncos Rugby league team strength and power training coach since 1995 with title winners in 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2006. Former champion powerlifter and powerlifting coach. Strength and Conditioning Coach to elite national and international level athletes in rugby, powerlifting, diving, soccer, track & field, netball, mixed martial arts. Level 3 Strength and Conditioning […]
ALTIS Head Coach Dan Pfaff has tutored 49 Olympians including nine medalists, 51 World Championship competitors (also nine medalists), and five world-record holders. He has directed athletes to 57 national records across a multitude of events.