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Power - Strength Training and the Horizontal Jumps [ARTICLE]


The horizontal jumps are challenging events for which to develop strength and conditioning programs. Both require strength, speed, power and technique. This article will review the aspects of the horizontal jumps a strength and conditioning...... Continue

Flexibility for Cross Country From the Ground Up [ARTICLE]

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Cross country athletes and runners in general typically have two goals: run faster and avoid injuries. Achieving both requires balance—between conditioning and recovery, joint stability and mobility, and the left and right sides of the body...... Continue

Using General Strength in the Training Regimen [ARTICLES]

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General Strength exercises are exercises that develop strength, using the athlete's bodyweight as the sole load or resistance. In general strength work no external loading is applied. General strength exercises can run the gamut from simple...... Continue

Strength & Conditioning - Program Design Fundamentals [ARTICLE]


It's not unusual for a track and field coach to be a little lost and a little frustrated with their strength and conditioning program. Some programs are gifted with access to individuals who...... Continue

Strengthening the Springs [ARTICLE]


"If you want to be fast, you have to run fast." While no practice or training tool is more specific to sprint development than consistent exposure to high-quality sprinting, there are obvious advantages to the incorporation of...... Continue

Injury Protocol [ARTICLE]


Recent years have shown that NCAA athletics is leaving the transitional period from the old school 'No Pain, No Gain' era to the 'Student-Athlete Wellness Era'. The wizened coaches' perspective that 'these kids aren't as tough as they used to be...... Continue

What's Often Overlooked - The "other" components of training programs [ARTICLE]


While possessing a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of each of the throwing events is vital to success as a coach, recognizing that there are many, many less talked about and often overlooked components to a training program as...... Continue

Aerobic Power - Building a Bigger Engine in an Emerging Miler [ARTICLE]


All of the standard distance races including cross country are combined zone races. Combined zone means energy needed for muscular contractions at race pace is derived from both the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems in...... Continue

5-DAY PLAN: Cross Country Training With a Heart Rate Monitor [ARTICLE]

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Nearly half a million high school students in the U.S. participate in cross country. But just because the sport is popular doesn't mean it's easy. Cross country training can be tricky, especially for young...... Continue

Resisted & Assisted - A Strength Training Tool for Sprinters [ARTICLE]


In 1978 an article by Ozolin was printed in that year's version of Sprints and Relays. In it, Ozolin identified the existence of a "speed barrier" for sprinters, which limited the potential performance of a sprinter, and recommended tools such as...... Continue