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Nat Page of Georgia Tech was not only once a world class high jumper, but is an acknowledged master coach of the hurdle events. Lead leg and Trail leg drills are basic to any hurdler’s skill development. But sometimes seeing the fundamentals done by a master (Terrance Trammell) and explained by a master coach (Nat Page) can serve a valuable point by reminding all coaches and athletes, no matter how experienced, of those little technique cues and important points that can make all the difference in a championship season. Quickness in the lead getting up and down and running off the last hurdle are emphasized.
Be sure the athlete is focused on the proper form and not just going through a routine. On the trail leg drill the trail leg comes high around the hurdle and around in front of the body, to drive for the next hurdle. There should be no wasted action. Use line lines to make sure the body is aligned down the track.
For your more advanced athletes, Hurdle Hops are an excellent way to develop power, speed and reaction time. Watch and learn from Nat Page, Georgia Tech Hurdles Coach, and Terrance Trammel, 6x NCAA Champion, as they show you these hurdle hops. Train your hurdlers to be efficient, linear and powerful!
Using the height of the hurdle as a guide for spacing, Coach Page then has his athletes hop over the hurdles with double leg hops. To build strength, the athlete pauses between each jump and lowers their center of gravity, to build speed and reaction the athlete tries to rebound as quickly as possible after landing. Arm action becomes important in the ability to drive up and over the hurdle, as is balance. This is an excellent total body exercise for an advanced athlete