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Information for Coaches & Athletes involved in Track & Field
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Don't get sucked into the myth that to be successful you have to set a goal and strive and strive and strive until you make it. With that approach you probably won't. This myth is perpetuated often by the people who haven't succeeded this way and it makes a good story for media workers. When people persist and succeed against the odds and experience happiness with their success its because they love what they do and love their life being lived this way too much to give up. Looking back much later its clear to them that they had a good approach and chose to learn from every obstacle that presented itself. Occasionally 'strivers' do succeed against the odds but they aren't the perpetually happy ones.This is reserved for the people who love what they do and have good habits dominating their life because of this simple fact. Passion generates a happy version of success, its not something that is squeezed out of life because of an imaginary promise in the future.

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True sprinters should use a double or triple periodized year with short phases and maintain high quality training all year. The only thing they should be missing when not in main race mode phases is endurance of their maximum speed because this should be the icing on the cake at the end of each training cycle. The times able to be run over 30m-40m should be great all year and should be improving overall each training cycle. If they are'nt then the training combination is not working or the athlete is a veteran athlete.

Nervous system awareness for sprinters. The most common mistake people make when training for the 100m is that they frequently "flatten their nervous system". This happens from too much high intensity training spaced too close together in the training week. The definition of high intensity is important to be defined. A 200m solid anaerobic effort is in terms of nervous system intensity far less intense than a 40m sprint at max effort or a few sets of max effort squats. Careful planning of the training week is required to get the balance right FOR the athlete the training is being planned for. This requires experience with that athete and the activities they are doing. When this whole balance is done well athletes almost coninuosly improve and reach levels often beyond what they could ever expect. Most athletes train in a state of continual staleness and this lowers the overall quality of their training and stagnates their development.

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Sprint Training Info for Kids. Coaching Information based on the latest methods and science. http://www.oztrack.com/orderkids.htm

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