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Coaching: There Are Truisms…

Over the years, I have moved into coaching special needs athletes. For me it began by having a child with special needs and wanting to help out in things that he is involved in, and it has progressed over the years. As I also teach special education, over time this has become a bigger and bigger coaching focus for me to the point where this is almost all that I coach nowadays. So, this blog is not going to be...

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...

The Warm-Up: Important For Improved Performance

Warming up is an important aspect of any practice or workout and it’s also one that is frequently misunderstood. This post will give you some thoughts about how to construct an effective warm-up.   The textbooks divide warm-ups into two phases; a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. For me this is a little constraining. I like to think that a good warm-up has three parts; a rhythmic movement, dynamic flexibility exercises, and event-specific movements.   Rhythmic movement A good...

The Legs And Pitching

I’ve seen a lot over the years about how to coach pitchers while they are on the mound. Depending upon their delivery style, pitchers will get their sign, move their feet under their hips and become motionless (this is called getting “set”), lift the stride knee into the air, take a large step towards home plate as they form an “L” with their arms, then lean forward as they release the ball. The stride and lean forward are critical to...

Athletes Have To Be Able To Stop

As we’ve covered in other posts, some of the techniques of a track and field athlete are appropriate to the training of non-track and field athletes, the challenge is that a non-track and field athlete have needs beyond just running in a straight line or around a track. One of those needs is the ability to stop. Being able to stop when it is needed is an important skill because it allows the athlete to be where they are needed,...