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.
New World Class Track & Field DVD featuring Kim Carson (former NCAA Hurdle Champion (LSU) & American World Record Holder)! This is the most comprehensive 100M hurdle instructional DVD you will find. This hurdle technical and training instruction is appropriate for any hurdler, male or female!