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Maurice Wilson was the Jamaican National Team Head Coach at the 2012 Olympic Games, and now he shows you a great drill for working on explosive power during the acceleration phase of the sprints. Athletes will perform an under-hand squat toss with a medicine ball. This will focus on triple extension of the hips, knees, and ankles which is key in explosive power.
Two athletes preform this drill. Both times the film is shown in regular speed and slow-motion so that you can see the breakdown of the drill. Coach Wilson gives cues on what to look for with hip placement of the athletes. This is a great drill to isolate and teach explosive power for starting out of the blocks and the acceleration phase. This drill can be done all year and in any gym or track complex.
Kansas State University Head Track and Field Coach, Cliff Rovelto, provides you with a great drill for working on sprint mechanics that will help with the max velocity phase of the hurdle events. Here, the athlete performs an “A” Run over 4 banana hurdles. This will teach sprint mechanics for the later part of the hurdle event.
One athlete performs this drill. The athlete is staying tall with his thighs parallel to the ground, an important part to applying force into the ground. Coach Rovelto gives an excellent explanation of this drill and goes into why drills are done during practice. This is a great drill to teach running tall and the importance of front side mechanics in applying force into the ground. This drill can be done all year and in any gym or track complex to help give greater meaning to why sprint mechanics are so important during the second half of any sprint/hurdle event.
2010 USTFCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year, Jeff Martin, provides you with a series of drills to help pole vaulters run upright and with a quick foot contact. You will also get a look at the incorrect way to perform this progression in order to point out errors to your athletes.
It is important to use the stubby pole in this series so that your athletes get a feel for having a pole in their hand while performing the mini hurdle exercise.
Here high jumpers will have the opportunity to learn a penultimate drill that focuses on arm movement. Indiana State University Women’s Track & Field Assistant Coach, John Gartland, has a male and female athlete demonstrate how to drive the arms upward to increase your height.
Athletes will make a short approach in a half circle. Also, it is important for athletes to maximize their speed before getting to the penultimate step before takeoff.
2012 US Olympic Team Head Manager, Ken Brauman, takes you through a triple jump drill progression. There are three drills presented for athletes and coaches that start with a standing triple jump and then pushing the jumper back to three and five step approaches.
Each drill builds on the prior and demonstrates the basics to successful triple jump leg and arm actions. Requiring only three cones as target zones, the drills are best performed on a runway and into a sand pit to simulate the running surface and minimize stress on the legs at landing. Incorporating these drills into a pre-competition training phase will help the coach and athlete to lay the basis for a successful triple jump season.
Gain more insight and an additional video clip from, “High School Coach’s Blueprint for Success: Horizontal Jumps.” Discover other great Triple Jump videos apart of our large Track & Field collection!