Although speed is a top priority in football and many other field and court sports, many coaches still treat game-changing speed as a genetic trait rather than a developed skill. Why do they recruit speed only to neglect training it? Identifying speed and training speed are two very different things. And speed development is not the same as developing strength and conditioning.
This year’s Track Football Consortium, taking place December 8-9 at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, will feature Olympian Carl Lewis as the keynote speaker. In addition to coaching sprints and jumps at the University of Houston, Carl recently worked with an NFL team, and you’ll want to hear his ideas on speed and training.
Sprinters in the north are no match for sprinters in the southern states. However, endurance runners are equal in good weather and bad weather. Shot putters training in cold-weather states are as good, if not better than, shot putters who throw in the sunshine.
How can Florida produce twice as many elite sprinters as Illinois? The speed differential may have something to do with sunshine and dopamine.
When sprint coaches are haunted by hamstring injuries, we find ways to prevent them. Reflexive Performance Reset simply gets the body breathing and moving correctly. When this occurs, athletes become more durable and performance improves.
With the great interest in youth sports, you would think kids would be faster than ever. I’ve found the opposite to be true. Most kids learn to play their sport but never learn to sprint. Sprinting must be taught and practiced. This seldom happens in youth sports. Last week, when I told a track coach to bring their football coach to TFC-4, the track coach replied, “We have a better chance of developing cold fusion.”
Speed is the key to modern football, but too many football practices look more like boot camp than track practice. If “playing fast” is your mantra, speed considerations should be the lynchpin of weekly practice. And not all track coaches understand speed development. Too many coaches make the mistake of holding sprinters to the same standard as distance runners.
Tony Holler has been teaching and coaching for 36 years. He’s learned some things along the way that have helped him realize success as a coach, a husband, a father, and a teacher. Although you may not agree with all 18 of his survival tips, you can certainly learn something from at least a few of them.
Feeling good is a performance enhancer. How can you feel good without pharmaceuticals? Coach your athletes to perform as high-octane, well-rested, good-looking, fine-tuned superheroes believing in the power of faith, love, and encouragement. Here are five alternatives to performance enhancing drugs.
I’m addicted to speed. I love the transmutation of slow to fast. This is why I am a track coach and a speed coach. I’m excited to write this article because I’m going to use one of my track athletes to tell the story. Over a four year period, this athlete dropped from a 5.38 second 40 yard dash to 4.37 seconds.