Coaching Athletics Quarterly


A good reminder from Steve Magness to not take everything a so-called expert might say to be absolutely true. In learning about exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology and other areas relevant to coaching, we need to take a "deep dive" and read lots of different takes on subjects. Build a big base of knowledge and learn from different authors, coaches, etc. Enjoy this article and always keep learning...

We’re in the age of gurus and experts. Create a platform large enough and you have a built-in calling card that screams listen to me, I know what I’m talking about. Not only are we inundated with gurus, the way in which we consume, learn, and understand has shifted.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:49

Coaching: The standing start

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A standing start should mean just that, says Dr Sean Carey. Here he outlines how your posture matters at the start of any distance race

For years the term “standing start” struck me as an odd term to use to describe what happens at the beginning of races of 800m upwards because in the “set” position at the starting line nearly everyone crouches with one foot placed around 18 inches behind the other and shoulder-width apart before taking a step forward into running.

Very sound coaching wisdom from Steve Magness in his most recent piece: "Contrary to the common notion, the job of a coach is not to get athletes fit, it is to get them to express their fitness. Fitness is the easy part. Throw a variety of hard work at someone and fitness will soon follow. But having the ability to utilize and express that fitness on the right day takes skill."

Interesting piece from Brooks Beasts' coach Danny Mackey talking about working with Nick Symmonds during the 2015 season. Nick ended up winning the US 800 title that year. The most interesting part for me was Coach Mackey talking about how Symmonds really understood what he needed to do as an athlete to succeed and how he trusted in his coach to guide him. If the athlete believes in themself and the coach, they'll do a lot better in training and racing.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 01:43

95% of Injuries are the Fault of the Coach

"If you don’t plan, analyse, reflect and adjust correctly then you’re in danger of damaging your athlete. Toni knows, he’s been there."

Part of an interesting series of articles called 'Chasing Mavericks' from Dair Magazine.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 23:02

The importance of sleep for athletes

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Sleep is an often overlooked but vital component of athletics performance, as Professor John Brewer explains

Most of us spend approximately one third of our lives asleep, and it is easy to view this as time that is ‘wasted’, with little benefit for training or competing. However, sleep is an essential part of an athlete’s training, and is the time when many of the physiological adaptions to the stimulus of training takes place.

“Life,” says Anna Botha, “isn’t about the years you’re living; it’s about what you contributed in those years to your fellow human beings.”

At the age of 75, and with almost 50 years’ coaching experience, the Namibian native has an almost unparalleled insight into success in athletics – and indeed life. Ahead of Friday night’s IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco, where Botha received the 2017 award for Coaching Achievement, she explained her unique and highly effective approach to coaching.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 15:48

Get up to speed

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Peta Bee hears some expert advice on how you can train yourself to get faster

Speed is of the essence but, if you aren’t blessed with the genes of a sprinter, how do you pick up your pace?

Speed work and training methods designed to improve power and sprint technique are invaluable when it comes to improvement of running times and overall performance. And, while we aren’t all destined to run 100m at top speed, we are all capable of getting faster. Here, we ask the experts how to do it:

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 23:26

Coach insight- Trevor Painter

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Enjoy this piece from Athletics Weekly on British coach Trevor Painter. He has some very good insight into both technical and practical aspects of coaching. One of the best articles on coaching I've read recently...

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 17:30

Cut to the 'chase

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As Cross Country season is winding down here in the US, it's time for coaches in the NCAA and some states for high school to start thinking about track season. Enjoy this piece from our friends across the pond at Athletics Weekly about steeplechase training.

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