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World Renown Sprints/Hurdles Coach Vince Anderson has coached over 32 All-Americans & 4 event NCAA Champions. Develop technically sound and fast hurdlers using his coaching philosophy and drill progressions. Here you will see Coach Anderson lay out great concepts on speed hurdling.
During the speed development segment the hurdles are discounted to reflect the time of year to help increase speed between the hurdles.
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Listen to advice from American Collegiate record holder in the 55M hurdles, Kim Carson. She currently is on the track coaching staff at Depaul University. As a coach and an athlete, Carson, has well rounded background to provide great instruction for all aspects of competing in hurdles. Coach Carson gives you the tools to develop the ability to maintain form and speed from the middle of the race to the last hurdle. While the ability to develop drills and workouts for a practice is important, we have to remember that it is the day-in, day-out effort over the season that makes a great athlete.
Coach Carson offers some interesting ideas on how to finish strong, including the fact that you must take into account different motivational factors from practice to meet settings, and how to incorporate that into your workouts.
One of the advantages of a seasoned coach or athlete is their ability to see the big picture. With that in mind Coach Carson offers up ideas on how to teach skills to your athletes in the proper manner, how to plan and design practices, and how to properly set up your workouts.
Kim Carson, an American record holder and two time NCAA champion while at LSU, offers some great ideas as both a coach and competitor in her World Class 100 Hurdles video. The following clips will help you and your team become better hurdlers. See how you can be at your best for your next meet!
An ideal place to begin looking at the hurdles is in setting up your blocks. For a beginning hurdler or coach (and even a veteran) the set-up of the starting blocks is critical to your success. Coach Carson offers some easy to follow methods to ensure that your athletes are not only in the proper position in the blocks, but also ways to replicate a start that brings you into the first hurdle in proper hurdling form.
Certainly a key to better hurdling is developing the over-all athletic talent and skill of your athletes. Hurdling is unique in that it requires not only great speed, but controlled speed and co-ordination. The hurdler must develop a combination of speed, flexibility and explosiveness to clear the hurdle and immediately return to sprinting form. Many are familiar with the various over the hurdle and side to the hurdle drills common in many hurdling programs, but Coach Carson takes things a step further with Advanced Movement Drills, using a teaching progression over smaller and regular sized hurdles. Some examples of these are one-step and three-step drills emphasizing form and quickness.
The film opens with a description of the warm-up and stretching routine that Bershawn Jackson uses. Coach George Williams is very direct in his approach to needs of warming up and stretching. In an event as demanding on the body as hurdling is, warming up and stretching not only prepares the body for hurdling, but also protects the body from injury.
After your athletes are warmed up and ready, Bershawn Jackson then demonstrates a number of drills. There are a number of reasons for using drills with hurdles. It teaches proper technique, it develops specific strength and form, and it teaches hurdlers to use both legs in hurdling. Coach Williams stresses that the ability to use both legs is a key to successful long hurdling. You will need to adapt each drill for your individual athletes, as Coach Williams shows. The Hip Flex Drill is an example of this.
Mechanics in hurdling make the difference between the champion hurdler and those that are merely contenders. Coach Williams addresses the need to coach both legs as lead legs, and to develop an active trail leg. He also includes visual cues that the coach needs to see and how to address what you are seeing with your athlete to develop proper form.
All the drills in the world won’t help without a plan to develop your hurdlers. Coach Williams addresses how to develop a seasonal plan, for both a high school coach, where your work will mainly be in season, and also for a college coach who will have his hurdlers year round. Developing both endurance and speed are the keys to successful mid-distance hurdling, while also keeping in mind that your hurdlers are individuals and no one program is going to fit them all. The art of coaching is finding what works for each athlete.
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