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Coaching Athletics Quarterly

Track & Field

Thursday, 26 October 2017 23:38

'National Relay Championships' not the best idea

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I definitely agree with letsrun.com's Robert Johnson, the Arkansas hosted National Relay Championships don't help the sport. Johnson makes several good points and the article is absolutely worth reading. I'd like to add a few points. Calling it a "game changer" for how collegiate Track & Field completely, well actually more than two-thirds, misses the mark.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 01:06

Moline hurdles over mental blocks

Georganne Moline is certainly one of the best intermediate hurdlers in the world. However, it's not always a linear progression, even for the best. After a magical 2012 season, she has had her struggles. This article from The Daily Wildcat captures her depths and renewed zest for the sport.

The IAAF commissioned Dr Athanassios Bissas and his team at Carnegie School of Sports at Leeds Beckett University to analyze the Men's Discus final from this year's World Championships in London. Their full findings will be published next year, but Athletics Weekly has a brief overview in their latest edition. It will be very interesting to see their complete findings, but for now, this gives some insight into the competition.

Friday, 20 October 2017 17:18

Mac Wilkins reviews the year in throwing

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On his website, the World Record holder and Olympic Champion reviews the best from the throwing events from this year. He also provides some good training insight and philosophy. One of the best bits of knowledge is "Most athletes and non-athletes tend to ignore the recovery part and just train or work as hard as possible. Being overworked does not produce better results, just tired performers. It takes great discipline to NOT train too much. More is not always better." The rest of Wilkins' website is a great resource for the Shot Put and Discus coach and athlete.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:56

That moment when... Vetter broke through

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World heptathlon bronze medallist Anouk Vetter has enjoyed a memorable competitive year. Here the rising Dutch combined events talent reflects on a breakthrough performance back in 2014 which helped pave the way for her future success.

Standing in the mixed zone shortly after Ajee’ Wilson sprinted to an 800m bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships London 2017, her coach, Derek Thompson, casted his mind back six years to the day he first laid eyes on the teenage prodigy.

“I knew she was special early on,” says Thompson, a former Jamaican football international who is based out of Temple University in Philadelphia, USA. “I’ve had some good ones but she’s special.”

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:13

My greatest challenge – Allen Johnson

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Allen Johnson won Gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and won four World Championships in the 110 Hurdles. In this article from the IAAF he talks about adjusting to jet lag. Beyond just adjusting to jet lag, he is hitting on the important concept of individualization. Individual athletes are just that, individuals, and not everyone will react the same to different stimuli. He realized that adjusting to a big time zone difference was not that right call for him and he changed his schedule accordingly. This concept doesn't just apply to jet lag. Sometimes two very similar athletes can have very different reactions to the same workout, travel plan, off the track stress, nutrition plan, etc. We as coaches need to figure out how to best tailor training, racing and life schedules to maximize each individual athlete's potential. Now known to some as Coach Johnson, he has helped oversee a big improvement of the sprint and hurdle group at NC State. I bet he understands working with his athletes as individuals pretty well. Enjoy the following from Steve Landells and our friends at the IAAF...

Four-time world champion Allen Johnson is one of the all-time hurdling greats. But the 1996 Olympic champion says that jetlag was one of the toughest barriers he had to overcome during his career.

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 7, 2017NBC presents live coverage of the 2017 New Balance 5th Avenue Mile this Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Live, commercial-free coverage of the event will be streamed with a subscription to NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.” The race, in its 37th year, will also be streamed live via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 17:49

All-time great Carl Lewis to receive USATF Legend Award

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NEW YORK -- The greatest Olympian of the 20th Century, Carl Lewis, will be honored by USA Track & Field with the Legend Award as part of USATF Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on Thursday, November 2 at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 31, 2017NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the IAAF Diamond League tomorrow, Friday, September 1 at 2 p.m. ET on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, from King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, to conclude the 2017 season and crown Diamond League champions. Encore coverage of the event will air Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Sunday, September 3, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

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