Coaching sprinters to reach to run faster is more technical than the non-coach would realize. The velocity of a sprinter is the product of their stride length and stride frequency. A coach must train an athlete so that the have the optimum stride length and the greatest frequency. To do this the coach must understand the components of each factor and know how to train their athlete to have the correct posture, leg action and arm action. The desired result is to get the athlete to run freely in a smooth, fast and relaxed fashion.
The video clip below is from SpeedPowerPlay and details the components of correct posture,leg action and arm action. Excellent slow motion video illustrates the key point clearly. Also included are common mistakes and exercise suggestions to correct errors. Finally advise is shared on the best way to communicate these principles to your athletes.
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