Coaching the Hurdles
By: Tonie Campbell, Olympian
The Role of the Hurdle Coach
STATIC HURDLE DRILLS: Lead
leg drill, Rhythm drill, Trail
Role of the Hurdle Coach
of the coach is to generate enthusiasm, discipline, concentration
and dedication for the training regiment. The coach must act as
a barrier, during practice, for outside contaminates and interference's.
The coach must also be counselor, friend, disciplinarian and savior
at any given time. Creating a mentally harmonious workout environment
is the coach's highest priority in order to get the most out of
must also be a walking reference table for perplexing questions
that the athlete may have about his or someone else's technique.
The coach must also have control of the athlete's competition schedule
and not allow the "Agent/Manager" to interfere in the "long term"
goals of the athlete.
It is important
also for the Coach to be up to date on the latest training philosophies.
Studying the hurdler's competitors training routines is mandatory
with an open-mindedness whereas implementation concerns are an issue.
The Coach must never assume he is the best coach or most knowledgeable
in all areas. Letting the athlete pursue other training philosophies
only increases the trust in the coach. By doing so, the increased
knowledge obtained by both athlete and coach will strengthen the
fragile relationship that is common place between an elite level
athlete and his coach.
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