Sprint guru Loren Seagrave wrote a short, but interesting, piece for USA Today on the “5 Speed Training Myths”.
I wish it was a little longer to expand on some of the things that Seagrave touches on as the underlying principles should be understood by all coaches and athletes. Probably the most important point he makes is in his preface: “You can get huge gains by doing simple things well, rather than trying all of the latest fads.”
So many times I have seen coaches using some technique or equipment that they heard about without any understanding of how it should be properly used or how it affects the athlete. At best, time is used inefficiently. At worst, performance can be hindered or an athlete can be injured.
If you ever have a chance to hear Seagrave speak, take advantage of the opportunity. He is one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world and he teaches things that are applicable to ever coach and athlete at every level.
You can read Seagrave’s article here at the USA Today High School Sports website.