Coaches use drills to reinforce the movement concepts they teach, so it’s important to understand why a drill is used. Coach Parno breaks down the concepts behind the hurdle wall drills, wickets, and toe drags and explains why and how he uses them in is track and field program.
Author: Julia Eyre
Julia Eyre is a psychophysiologist in Mannheim, Germany. The questions of “how do we optimize athletic performance?” and “how do we build more complete human beings?” are central to her work with soccer and baseball athletes as a strength & conditioning coach and sport psychology expert at her company, White Lion Performance. At the Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, she studies the psychophysiology (brain-body connection) of performance in athletes. She is certified through the NSCA (CSCS) and earned her bachelor’s and (almost) master’s degrees from George Mason University (U.S.) and DSHS Köln (Germany), respectively.
Andy Ryland has years of experience helping to develop programs that prepare young athletes for the sport of football. This week’s Friday Five talks to him about specialization, weightlifting, tackling, and more, as well as the importance of age-specific training of youth athletes for any sport.
Many coaches think of pacing in vague terms and have trouble defining it, placing it into that category of “I’ll know it when I see it.” All sports incorporate some level of pacing, so figuring out how to train it can give your athletes a distinct advantage. Coach Carl Valle gives an extensive overview of pacing and details five ways to develop it.