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10 Rules For Sport Nutrition and Recovery

10 Rules for Sports Nutrition and Recovery Damon Davis, Auburn University: Strength and Conditioning Specialist 1. Get 8 hours of sleep EVERY night – it is not possible to “catch up” on sleep. Great things happen when you get a solid 8 hours of sleep each night such as release of hormones that aid in recovery…

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How to Use Starting Blocks

Whether you watch the greatest sprinters of all-time like Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis, or high school sprinters: the start is a key factor for a great race and it all begins out of the blocks. Starting blocks are used in the sprinting events up to 400 meters and both hurdle races in track and…

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Track and Field Plyometrics

Plyometric Training for Track and Field Athletes Many track and field athletes use plyometric training; it is commonly associated with jumping activities for all athletes. THE PURPOSE To improve speed, power, rhythm, event specific strength and endurance: depending on the exercises, recovery period and repetitions. THE SCIENCE Plyometrics work because the exercises improve the rate…

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A Skill to Remember: Shot Put and Discus Technique

Track and Field Throwers written by Scott Cappos, USATF Level 3 Coach Recently, I watched a preview for a show on A and E about a thrower having problems with drugs, which is an unfortunate situation. They showed her throw for about ½ second and I told my wife I knew who the thrower was…

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Active Rest

Active Rest versus Non-Training Every athlete needs an active rest period but NOT a total break from training. Active rest, which can involve other sports and alternative training, can be helpful in small doses with younger athletes and is a must with well-trained high-level track and field athletes. Here are some considerations to think about…

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