Usain Bolt’s coach Glen Mills believes in sprint training drills, “Athletes tend to reverse to their old habits when put under pressure or when running at maximum velocity. Like helping an actor learning a part, coaches have to continuously react and replay and redo the drills, getting the athlete to run over and over in order to break habits, both psychologically and physically, and get into the right running technique.”
“We set about doing drills then we took videos of his workouts and broke them down on the screen in slow motion to show him exactly what he was doing. I would draw diagrams and show him the position that we are working to achieve.”
Sprint training drills are important for warm up and teaching proper sprint mechanics, the acceleration a-run drill is one example of the drills sprinters can use to improve technical skills and increase sprint speed.