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Strength and Conditioning for the High Jump, Part II: Applications

The rest of this article will provide a sample strength and conditioning program for a collegiate high jumper. This is a theoretical athlete, though it is based on the kind of program that the author uses. The rest of this article will provide an overview to a high jumper’s event-specific training, discuss how the training year is organized, then provide a sample training program for the collegiate high jumper. Event-specific training Event-specific training for the high jumper focuses on several...

Strength and Conditioning for the High Jump: Part I, Background

The high jump is one of the “vertical jumps” in track and field (athletics).  With this event, the athlete that jumps the highest wins. The high jump is an extremely technical event in track and field which can make designing a strength and conditioning (S&C) program for these athletes difficult. Currently, there is a paucity of literature on designing S&C programs for high jumpers. This article will describe the high jump and cover the S&C needs of the high jumper. ...

Time Only Goes One Way: Age and Performance

As we get older, a number of us use the rationalization of “I still work out, so that won’t happen to me!”   You see this when it comes to age-related declines in strength, muscle mass, and measures of performance. The challenge with this is that there are very few studies that examine this, for obvious reasons this is difficult to study. In the past there have been studies that looked at master’s athletes and found an inevitable age-related decline in...

Hamstring Muscles Are Different After Injury

Hamstring strains are a fact of life for athletes who sprint in their sport. There are a lot of factors behind this, but one of the biggest is possible a lack of strength in the lengthened position – particular when the athlete is using the hamstrings to extend the hip and the hip is uncoupling from the hip. In other words, during the time when the hamstrings are shortening to drive the foot toward the ground they are also working...

Strength Training And Track And Field

Like most athletes, track and field athletes have strength and conditioning needs that are unique to their sport.  This post will present several principles for the track and field coach/athlete to follow when designing a strength and conditioning program: Athletes need to be strong Many athletes need to minimize weight gains Athletes need to be able to use that strength Eccentric strength is important One-legged strength and power is important   Athletes need to be strong: To a point, all...