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Letter from the Editor August 2015

Letter from the Editor August 2015 Hello readers, and welcome to the August 2015 issue of The Hurdle Magazine. This month's issue takes a look at some things going on currently in the track world that are of interest to hurdlers, and it also includes some more technical material, as well as a look ahead...

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Front Side Mechanics for Hurdlers

Front Side Mechanics for Hurdlers If you ever listen to conversations between sprint coaches, you’ll often hear the phrase “front side mechanics” come up. Though it’s been around for decades, I didn’t first hear about it until November of 2004, when I attended a coaching clinic at the University of South Carolina headed by Coach...

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When in Doubt, Keep Running

When in Doubt, Keep Running While there has been much debate regarding false start rules over the years, there hasn’t been as much discussion regarding how to react when you think an opponent has false started or when you think you heard a second gun, but you’re not sure. This topic was recently pushed to...

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Cross-Training Ideas for Hurdlers

Cross-Training Ideas for Hurdlers For all but a small percentage of elite athletes, the outdoor 2015 track and field season is over. Now we’re in the part of the year when we can detox a bit from all the physical and emotional demands of training, competing, and traveling. But now is not the time to...

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Second Zone Workout

Second “Zone” Workout A lot of advanced hurdlers have issues with getting too crowded between the hurdles, especially once they get near top speed. In a hurdle race there are three basic zones. From the start line through hurdle three, hurdle four through hurdle seven, and hurdle eight through the finish line. While a crash...

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The Doping Sagas Continue

The Doping Sagas Continue Steroids. Human Growth Hormone. Juice. Blood Doping. Epo. Performance-enhancing drugs. Ways to gain an unfair advantage. Ever since I can remember, the subject has been at the heart of track and field competition. Where a sport like baseball can claim (falsely  or not) to have a “steroid era,” track and field...

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Emphasizing Speed in the Training Program

Emphasizing Speed in the Training Program In my last few years of coaching track at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, back around 2011-2013, I had the good fortune of witnessing the remarkable career of Wesley Frazier, who was one of the best high school distance runners in the country. While I can’t claim to have...

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