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The Essence of the Endurance Training Program

Over the past 60 years all sport training models have benefited from the scientific principles that scientists have developed to explain the natural world.  The application of scientific laws and theories by coaches has transformed athletic training from a trial and error method to a systematic model of periodized development.  The important link in this…

Race Strategy and Tactics for the Endurance Events: 800 – 5000 meters

In track and field and cross country, the race is the assessment tool that endurance coaches use to determine the present day fitness of their athletes.  Race performance is a complex cumulative blend of various physiological variables as well as known and unknown factors that hinder or help race performance on the psychological side of…

Most Important Word in Speed Training

I recently heard Dan Pfaff talk about acceleration being a ‘complicated neuromuscular equation’ in speed training. I recently heard Boo Schexnayder say acceleration is about finding the ‘resonant frequency of oscillary patterns’ in terms of developing and improving the efficiency of locomotive mechanics. I recently heard Gary Winckler say, “90% of speed development is technique.”…

Hurdle Nitty Gritty

It’s time to get down to the hurdle nitty gritty. My hurdle practices often resemble a borderline disaster. Sure, I have some kids who have finally developed the ability to three step, cut step and pull their trail leg through. But it’s hard to help them when I’m so distracted by the nightmare taking place…

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