Jonas TD: Acceleration and Maximal Velocity Mechanics in Sprints and Jumps

Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo

Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo was a part of the UK Athletics Apprentice Coach program in the 4 year lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, working with world renowned coaches Dan Pfaff and Stuart McMillan. His experience in sport is not limited to athletics, as he has worked with rugby for … [Read more...]

Why Do You Hear the Gun AFTER the Sprinters Leave the Blocks?

Olympic 100m Start and Starting Blocks

Why do we hear the pistol after the athletes are off their blocks? Those of you that have been lucky enough to have watched sprinting events from close up will probably have noticed the following: If a traditional starting gun is used to start the athletes, you appear to hear the pistol … [Read more...]

Evaluating New Athletes into your Sprint Program

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How do you evaluate an athlete when they first enter your program? This question is part of my new book coming out titled, Sprinter’s Compendium: a “one stop shop” for theory and practical information for any coach looking for real world strategies to improve sprint training for any type of … [Read more...]

How to Treat Pain and the Modern Gordian Knot Analogy

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This article questions the methods that are currently used to treat athletes, calling for a new paradigm shift. It presents the story of the Gordian Knot and Alexander the Great and how new ways of thinking spark new frontiers The legend mentions that the 23-year-old Alexander the Great was faced … [Read more...]

Oops, Premature e-Jubilation, and Miscounting Laps

Kenenisa Bekele

It happens to the best of us, except for 400m one-lap sprinters. I'm referring to miscounting your laps in a distance race, and kicking for home too soon.  One lap too soon.  But it happens more indoors than outdoors.  Even in a four lap 800m race. Yes, there is a lap counter, and yes, there … [Read more...]

Circuit Training for Lactate Tolerance, Better Recovery and Weight Loss

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I mentioned several years ago that a weight training program should be changed every 2 years.  The same applies for circuit training, but to a lesser degree.  I believe circuit training has its place in a Track and Field program (or any sport for that matter), from the youth level up to the Elite … [Read more...]

History of microStretching® (Part 1)

Nikos Apostolopoulos MicroStretching NBA

INTRODUCTION In 1986 I was exposed to the concept of stretching as a therapeutic tool from a dear friend of mine, Waldemar Matuskewski PhD. In 1995 I created and founded a therapy known as Stretch Therapy® which led to the development of the technique of microStretching®. The purpose of this blog … [Read more...]

Hurdle Hops and Extended Bounding [Part 2]

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This article is guest blogged by Fabien Ngô (Ph.D.), a sprint coach in Brussels and Montreal coaching primarily teenagers and masters age groups. He guest wrote How to Improve Your Last 100m in the 400m, Part 3 As well, he did an Interview with Pierre-Jean Vazel which is a must-read. Hurdle … [Read more...]

Darren Campbell would not Encourage his Kids to Run Track

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On a recent BBC 5 Live Radio show (link to radio show archive and MP3 below), Darren Campbell says he would not encourage his three children to follow him into athletics, as the recent doping claims have made him lose faith in the sport. (If you don't know who England's Darren Campbell is, read … [Read more...]

Triple Extension, Vertical Displacement, Stride Length, and Ground Contact

CharlieFrancis & Derek Hansen Excitation & Inhibition

You can't talk about sprinting without mentioning all these KPI (key performance indicators) in the same breath. I am referring to Triple Extension, Vertical Displacement, Stride Length (& Air Time), and Ground Contact. They all go hand in hand. One of the best examples are some illustrations … [Read more...]