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Stop Dragging Your Toes: Part VI

Welcome back to the final part of this series on the ‘toe-drag phenomenon’.   Thanks for sticking with me here! What was supposed to be just a short post on this somewhat controversial topic, has ended up being a six-parter - which honestly, could go on forever!  I tried writing this succinctly, but the reality is that much of what I...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: Part V

In part IV, I discussed the general framework by which we go about designing our input (in this specific case, the ‘technical’ input of block clearance and early acceleration).  In part V, I’d like to take it a step further, and discuss how we do this in practice - i.e. what are the next steps in determining how each athlete...

Stop Dragging your Toes: Part IV

Thanks for sticking with me.   What started as a short post on the toe-drag silliness, has somehow taken on a life of its own, and is now going on 10,000 words.  Apologies - but I really think the context is required here; to unpack this properly, we need to peel back a few layers.   And don’t worry - we are...

Stop Dragging Your Toes: part III

At the end of part II, I asked the question:  “Is the goal for the athlete to drag her toe, or is it for her to have an effective and efficient block clearance and initial acceleration”? Hopefully, we can all agree that the goal is to be effective and efficient.  So that said, before moving forward to describing the process...

Stop Dragging your Toes: part II

Thanks for coming back.   In part I, I offered my thoughts on why the ‘toe-drag’ is not the be-all / end-all it is often made out to be, and in fact, a practice I would discourage in almost all instances. To promote  ‘low heel recovery’ is often offered as the reason why coaches instruct athletes to drag their toes -...

Stop Dragging Your Toes!

Over the last 15 years or so, there has been a debate in the track and field world around the recovery height of the heels during early acceleration in sprinting.  We actually don’t obsess over ‘low recovery of heel’ in the initial steps, but we understand why many do.   Many of the world’s top sprinters’ heel recovery is so low...

Resisted Sprint Training – ALTIS & 1080 Motion

Written by ALTIS Speed & Power Coach - Jason Hettler - this article explores the use of resisted sprint training for speed development. Traditional views on speed development are often rooted in maximum strength. It is frequently believed, and sometimes correctly so, that increasing maximum strength abilities will result in a subsequent increase in speed. While this may hold true...

From High School, to High Performance: Sprinting Tips for the Development Coach

The majority of coaches can tell you that training high school and elite athletes should be different, but what does this look like in application? How do you as a coach adjust the details of your training to provide an environment that allows your athletes to develop the abilities that elites execute so well? ALTIS World long sprints coach Mike...

Coach Chidi Enyia on Acceleration development

Chidi Enyia is a sprints Coach at Altis. He made the move to Phoenix in September 2014 following a successful term at Southern Illinois University, where he served as a Sprints Coach for four seasons. In this article, Coach Enyia introduces how acceleration is taught at Altis - beginning with block setup. “While exploring the important qualities necessary for success...
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