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Track & Field Coaching Essentials

Track & Field Coaching Essentials


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    Coaching track and field is a unique challenge. The number of events, the specific technical skills to teach in each one, the event- and athlete-tailored training programs required for performing at a high level, and the planning and organization needed for practicing and competing effectively as a team can be difficult for even the most educated and experienced coaches.

    Track & Field Coaching Essentials provides the information and direction to make your first, or twenty-first, season a success. Starting with the fundamentals, moving on to the sport sciences, and then detailing each of the events, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative coaching resource in the sport.

    Experts such as Vern Gambetta on biomotor training for speed and power events, Joe Vigil on endurance events, and Jeremy Fischer on the jumps ensure the book contains the best and most current knowledge on each topic. Common technical faults and their corrections, as well as progressive performance drills, are included for every event, including relays.

    This primary text in USA Track & Field’s coaching education program is also a go-to reference for veteran coaches. Be it races, jumps, or throws, Track & Field Coaching Essentials has what coaches need to know to help their athletes achieve their performance potential.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Fundamentals of Coaching Track and Field
    Chapter 1 Positive Coaching
    Chapter 2 Ethics and Risk Management

    Part II Science of Coaching
    Chapter 3 Sport Psychology
    Chapter 4 Sport Biomechanics
    Chapter 5 Sport Physiology
    Chapter 6 Training Design
    Chapter 7 Biomotor Training for Speed and Power Events

    Part III Running Events and Relays
    Chapter 8 Sprints
    Chapter 9 Relays
    Chapter 10 Endurance Running and Racewalking
    Chapter 11 Hurdles

    Part IV Jumps
    Chapter 12 Coaching Jumping Events
    Chapter 13 Horizontal Jumps
    Chapter 14 Vertical Jumps

    Part V Throws
    Chapter 15 Coaching Throwing Events
    Chapter 16 Shot Put
    Chapter 17 Discus
    Chapter 18 Hammer
    Chapter 19 Javelin

    Final Thoughts
    References and Recommended Readings
    About USA Track & Field
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Author

    USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and racewalking in the United States. Based in Indianapolis, USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the most popular sport in high school and middle school, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. Nearly 100,000 people are members of USATF. USATF member organizations include the U.S. Olympic Committee, NCAA, NAIA, Road Runners Club of America, Running USA, and the National Federation of State High School Associations. Fifty-seven USATF associations oversee the sport and its 2,500 clubs at the local level. USATF conducts coaching education courses that elevate and standardize the level of coaching across the country. More than 14,000 coaches have been educated under USATF programs.