England on Penalties


By Lee Ness. I know it’s a football reference, and I haven’t watched a football match for many years, but the GB relay team has the same air of inevitability about it that an England Penalty shoot-out had. You just knew. It didn’t matter what your hopes were. You just knew. As those who’ve … [Read more...]

What exactly is Active Recovery?

Usain Bolt warm up

What is active recovery? Have you ever had one of those killer sessions and thought this is going to hurt tomorrow? You know the ones where you can trouble ahead. Feel the lactic pumping into your legs. Photo credits: Copyright Usain Bolt Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) peaks anywhere … [Read more...]

Visual Steering: Approach Accuracy in the Long and Triple Jump


By Robert Marchetti, Assistant Track Coach at Rider University When extreme runners (Xtreme) run or cycle down mountains, over rocks and other objects, they must view the ground ahead. They must know where to get a solid foot plant, to gingerly step, or where they should avoid stepping. This is … [Read more...]

Sprinting: 10 Research Articles for Effective Sprint Training [Part 9]


Paul Hoffman has read and researched several research papers on sprinting and performance articles, so you don’t have to.  If any of these articles interest you, feel free to research the case studies and methodology and come up with your own conclusions. 1. Acceleration capability in elite … [Read more...]

What is the Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)? Part 2


Click here for What is the Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)? Part 1 As a chiropractor and musculoskeletal practitioner, I see pain over the lateral thigh as a common presentation. Often in either runner, cyclist or people who regularly exercise, many turn to their foam roller to reduce pain and … [Read more...]

Horizontal Jumps – Teaching Leg Extension & Landings

Phillips extends one leg then the other

By Robert Marchetti, Assistant Track Coach, Rider University. The landing in the long jump and the last phase of the triple jump is marked by the extension of the legs in front of the athlete before contact. Many coaches struggle with teaching this aspect of the horizontal jumps. Hopefully with … [Read more...]

What is the Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)? Part 1

Anatomy of the itb-syndrome

Anyone who regularly exercises, particularly runners, will often describe how their ITB (Ilio Tibial Band) is tight. For this reason, they will spend time at length “rolling out”, often enduring considerable pain, to "loosen up" the outer part of the thigh. And while you roll out in agony, the … [Read more...]