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Letter from the Editor, March 2016

Letter from the Editor, March 2016
Letter from the Editor March 2016 Hello readers, and my apologies for getting this month’s issue out late. Usually I’m able to juggle all my responsibilities fairly easily, but this month I got buried under, as a lot of deadlines converged upon me at one time. But I’m happy to report that this month’s issue...

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Identifying and Addressing Technical Flaws

Identifying and Addressing Technical Flaws
Identifying and Addressing Technical Flaws One of the most important things we do as hurdle coaches is identify and troubleshoot technical flaws. I’ve been doing it for over twenty years, and let me tell you, it never gets any easier. Each case is a new case, and while old solutions can prove valuable,  relying on...

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Mid-Spring Decisions

Mid-Spring Decisions
Mid-Spring Decisions For many high school and collegiate coaches at this time of year, decisions must be made in regards to how to approach coaching their hurdlers heading into the latter part of the outdoor season. Decisions are difficult because they will affect the team, and they will also have an impact on the hurdler’s...

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Don’t Play the Butter Notes

Don’t Play the Butter Notes
Don’t Play the Butter Notes I was on YouTube a few weeks ago looking for jazz-related documentaries when I came across a Harvard lecture series featuring lectures by legendary pianist/keyboardist Herbie Hancock. In one particular lecture, he was talking about Miles Davis and the lessons he learned from having worked as a band member under...

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Workout for Double Hurdlers

Workout for Double Hurdlers
Workout for Double Hurdlers The workout below is designed for hurdlers who compete in both hurdle events. About this time of season, it’s good to do workouts that include both hurdle events, as workouts should be moving toward being more specific to the order of events in a meet. In high school and collegiate meets,...

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The Year-Round Athlete

The Year-Round Athlete
The Year-Round Athlete Back in the day, athletes who trained year-round for one sport were a rarity. The “best” athletes at a high school competed in more than one sport, and there was no greater accomplishment than being a four-year letter winner in three sports. The true athletic studs were those who played football in...

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Reducing Ground Contact Time and Air Time

Reducing Ground Contact Time and Air Time
Reducing Ground Contact Time and Air Time When it comes to the advanced and elite level hurdlers, there are very few things that separate the best from the pretty good. Often, a few tenths of a second separate the winner from the 8th-place finisher. Everybody takes the same amount of steps to the first hurdle...

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