Amateur Sports Psychology and Dealing With Your StarsFree
I've realized over the last few years that the biggest impact with my top athletes seems to have come from the mental side of things. While I was fretting over the details of what workouts they needed to be performing, they were fretting about things that had a much bigger impact on their performance.
I have no formal education in sports psychology, but after 13 years of coaching there are a few basic principles I've leaned to help get the most out of your stars.
*Update* Since originally posting this Hunter finished 6th in the NCAA decathlon in the spring of 2017 and Taylor is now a two-time NAIA national champion in the indoor 600m and outdoor 400H.Free
Dynamic Warm-up and Sprint DrillsFree
If you haven’t yet received the memo, here it is: gone are the days of spending the first 15 minutes of practice doing static stretching. Basically, the research says doing that falls somewhere between a waste of time (best-case-scenario) and detrimental (worst-case-scenario). Our trainer compares it to a rubber band – is a rubber band more elastic when it’s cold or when it’s warm? If you want to static stretch after your workout, you won’t hear me complaining, but don't require it beforehand.
What you want to do is a dynamic warm-up. Ease the body into movements that will gradually demand more and more front it. We do these after a short jog – ideally 6-8 minutes (though it is usually pulling teeth just to get my sprinters up to 800m). The first half of these (Leg Swings through Backwards) are basic loosening drills and could easily be altered, rearranged, or replaced. Starting with Ankle Pops, we get into our sprint technique drills. They are still part of the dynamic warm-up but also serve to teach and promote proper sprinting technique – something even distance runners can benefit from.
We do the following routine anywhere from 2-5 times a week during the track and cross country seasons. I'll often start the season at 10 meters down and back for each drill and progress to 20 meters. The goal should be to get in as many ground contacts as possible, not to cover the distance as fast as possible. You'll be surprised how much these can get the heart rate going when done in succession. Remember: these are part of the workout for the day! Athletes will tend to want to take it easy on these, but once they hit the the sprint mechanics portion, you want them popping - quick, precise drills to create quick, precise runners.
I first started doing these in college and thought they were a ridiculous waste of time (and embarrassing given my lack of coordination), but was amazed as I slowly mastered them and saw my speed improve.
These can also be used for football, soccer, etc. - any sport with an emphasis on straight-line speed.
You can watch all the videos in about 6 minutes and refer back to them as necessary.Free
Sprint Training Design30,00 $
What's in this course:
- an overview of the different types of sprint workouts
- how to progress the different workouts over the course of the season
- how to set up each week of practice within the larger whole
- example of a total season program from scratch
Figuring out what to do when might be the biggest question for track coaches. Having been trained as a distance runner myself I was always baffled by how to structure training for my sprinters. Even after attending a USATF Level II sprints school it still took me a couple more seasons to feel like I had a solid handle on it.
If you've found this, you've probably seen other programs for sale out there. I'm sure they're great, but I've just never been willing to pay the price. What I'm offering here probably isn't any better, but I also doubt it's considerably worse. If they're selling a Ferrari, I'm selling a used Honda, but we'll both get you where you're trying to go.
I spent a lot of time compiling and distilling this information. It was really just to help get my own head around it, but I think you'll find it useful as well. I'll run you through my process of setting up a season plan and give you a brief rundown of why I do things the way I do. So instead of just copying and pasting, I'll hope you'll learn enough basic principals to be able to adjust on the fly.30,00 $