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Stepping Up - Correcting errors to improve [ARTICLE]


The triple jump had a banner year in 2015 as Christian Taylor won in Beijing with an American record 18.21 meters (59-9) and Cuba's Pedro Pichardo twice exceeded 18 meters (59-0 3/4). But 30 years after I set a world record of 17.97 (58-11 1/2)...... Continue

Enhancing performance through effective cues [ARTICLE]


Every coach wants his or her student athletes to achieve their best performances during any contest. This is especially true at meets as they are quantifiers, the sole measurement of production. As a coach, how can you enhance both immediate and...... Continue

Verbal Instructions and Cues [ARTICLE]


Verbal instructions are medium-to-long goal-directed, task-oriented phrases of generally three or more words in length, verbally administered to an individual prior to motor skill performance in order to enhance athletic performance and, or...... Continue

The Team Concept: The Benefits of Coaching High School Track and Field as a team sport [ARTICLE]


I think many track and field coaches are missing out on another aspect of sport, and I believe it is affecting our sport adversely. I am talking about the possibility that high school track may not be an individual sport. In fact, I would argue...... Continue

Motivating the Modern Athlete [ARTICLE]

by Dr. Marty Durden, Athletic Director - Presbyterian School - Houston, TX on

Today's athlete is different from years past. The much-publicized generation Y student-athletes (1980's-1999) have moved through college. Generation Z is...... Continue

Zinc Supplementation in High School Distance Runners [ARTICLE]


Influence of zinc supplementation on three self-reported respiratory health indicators in a sample of adolescent distance runners. Purpose: Zinc supplementation was administered concurrently with 40 miles per week of aerobic distance training...... Continue

Max Performance: Tips for getting organized and getting things done [ARTICLE]


The beauty of our sport is the diversity: cross country, sprints, throws, jumps, relays, multi-events. The same things that make our sport interesting and valuable can also make it a challenge. When one competition season ends, the next one...... Continue

Eating Disorders in the Male Runner [ARTICLE]


When we hear the words eating disorder or disordered eating the semblance of a female often is the first image many of us envision. Most data reflects that around 90 percent of those with eating disorders are female. However, we must ask ourselves...... Continue

The Power of a Positive Attitude [ARTICLE]

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What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer at the peak of your athletic career? While most young athletes will never have to deal with anything as weighty as cancer, this was the reality facing University of Minnesota senior cross country...... Continue

Trusting The Process [ARTICLE]


Coaches who deal with novice and struggling athletes can find themselves in a difficult position when wanting to help athletes set goals. How do you set goals for someone who has never competed? What type of goals do you set for someone who has...... Continue