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Clemson University Director of Track & Field, Lawrence Johnson, shows us a great block start drill using a medicine ball and a section of high jump mat. The athletes perform a double leg two-handed squat throw onto the high jump mat, simulating the explosive takeoff of a block start.
Several athletes are shown performing the drill and many coaching points are given. This is a great drill to isolate one of the basic power movements of the block start. Use this drill prior to outdoor practice or as a station in a med ball circuit during the general fitness phase of the season.
2x ACC Women’s Coach of the Year at Clemson University, Lawrence Johnson, provides you with tips on a lead leg and a trail leg drill for you and your athletes. These are great exercises for coaches to critique their hurdlers, and for the hurdlers to become more advanced.
Work on these drills after the athletes have had the chance to warm up and stretch.
An expert in teaching the hurdles, Doug Case, gives you some approach drills to prepare your runners for the first hurdle. This will help your athletes judge the proper distance to jump the initial hurdle.
The “stand up” call will train your athletes to look up and be ready to lift over the first hurdle. Also, it is important to note that a tall hurdler should launch closer to the hurdle than a shorter hurdler.
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Before you can take on a full flight of hurdles one must first learn the movements as discussed here in the “Lead Leg Drill.” Listen to former All-American, Elisha Brewer, and watch as this is a very important drill to master before putting an athlete on the track with a full flight of hurdles.
When coaching your athletes you can get a 180 degree or 360 degree visual on their movements. When coaching any sport, it’s important to have a well rounded view of an athlete’s movements so your coaching points and critiques can also be well rounded.
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