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Letter from the Editor June 2014

Letter from the Editor June 2014 The highlight of the June issue of The Hurdle Magazine is undoubtedly the interview with Track & Field News writer Jon Hendershott. As someone who hurdled myself and who now spends a lot of time writing about hurdling, Hendershott is as much of a role model for me as...

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Jon Hendershott: Every Story Matters

Jon Hendershott: Every Story Matters There aren’t many people I can think of who have written about hurdles and hurdlers more than I have, but if I had to come up with a name, it would be that of long-time Track & Field News journalist Jon Hendershott. Hendershott has been writing for T&FN, “the Bible...

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Dealing with Achilles Tendonitis

Dealing with Achilles Tendonitis Another injury that can be added to the list of those that plague hurdlers would be Achilles tendonitis, a chronic condition in which the Achilles tendon constantly feels sore, achy, and stiff.  As with hamstring strains and shin splints, Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury for hurdlers usually caused by clearing...

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GMO: Genetically Modified Olympians

GMO: Genetically Modified Olympians by Keare Smith "Hell NO GMO! Hell NO GMO!" These were the chants we heard as we randomly stumbled upon an organized group of protestors while walking through the streets of Manhattan. My mother and sister had flown in for a weekend visit, and what better way to get to know...

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Teaching Trail Leg Mechanics to Beginners

Teaching Trail Leg Mechanics to Beginners Teaching beginning hurdlers proper trail leg mechanics can be one of the hardest tasks for a hurdle coach. Many beginners tend to bring the trail leg directly under their hip, with no opening of the groin at all, thereby forcing the hips to rise and increasing air time over...

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Starts over the First Three Hurdles Workout

Starts over the First Three Hurdles All coaches have their favorite workouts, their “bread and butter” workouts that they come back to time and again. When it comes to race preparation and getting my athletes physically and mentally sharp for the 100/110m hurdles, my bread and butter workout is to have the hurdlers do competitive...

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Go Where the Hurdles Take You, Part One

Go Where the Hurdles Take You “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” –from A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean Introduction The ancient Egyptians had the Nile. Mark Twain had the Mississippi. Siddhartha had the Ganges. I have the hurdles. A river. That serves as a path, a...

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June Instructional Video

The May video in the magazine featured McGill showing two of his hurdlers doing a 3-step version of hurdle walk-over drills, and then doing 3-step marches, and then 3-step quick-steps. In this month's instructional video, McGill discusses Dorsi-Flexion, or pointing the toes up while you run, and how it is important to sprint and hurdle...

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