Developing Speed E-book

Author: Steve Bennett

Developing Speed is an It aims to integrate Modern Sprint Training ideas into the methods used with athletes for the improvement of speed.

Designed for athletes with more of a background of training than Training Kids for Speed, Developing Speed expands upon the content of the first e-book. It introduces details on a range of advanced techniques & activities such as overspeed, advanced plyometrics, periodization planning for sprinters, contrast training.

A passion for me as a coach has also been in developing Middle Distance runners. It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is to work patiently and persistently toward improving running form and speed. Good Middle Distance performance is very reliant on the athletes ability to run with and maintain good form so that they can run at the speeds that are required for the duration of their event. Thus, the principles explained in this book are important to a runner of any distance.

All Developing athletes need to learn and practise running properly so that they can run faster easier and avoid injury.

"It is possible and desirable to learn how to run with the latest sprinting technique displayed by athletes like Marion Jones & Maurice Greene. The technique can be taught once all of its elements are clearly understood. However acquiring this technique as a mature athlete requires long term training that is comprehensive. The aim needs to be on developing the required physical abilities and then using them so that the gains can be transferred into an improved running action. Developing Speed outlines the process that is required."

Index of Contents

Chapter 1
The New Biomechanics of Sprinting

A detailed description of the latest technique of Sprinting that is displayed by Athletes like Marion Jones and Maurice Greene. Also discussion of how a knowledge of this can be applied to any developing athlete.

Chapter 2
Sprinting & the Nervous system

The Nervous system is quite limited in its capacity to recover from certain types of stresses. This is a very important area to understand when aiming to produce and train for high speeds.

Chapter 3
Strength Development

How can strength best be developed in Kids?

Chapter 4
Power Development

Any athlete that wants to accelerate fast and have a higher maximum speed will need to be able to develop more power. What can be done to improve power?

Chapter 5
Endurance Development

How can athletes develop endurance without decreasing speed. What is good long-term? What is bad practise?

Chapter 6
Improvement of Technique

Important guidelines in the development of improved technique. Making sure there is technical improvement is the prime indicator of what is good coaching and what is not.

Chapter 7
Training Session Ideas

Over 10 A4 pages of ideas for training sessions. The section also contains guidelines for designing appropriate sessions to be more effective at improving technique and performance both long term and short term. There are many special sessions that should be done with young kids eg a 15s 100m runner could do a maximum speed session like 2 sets of 3 runs over standing start 30 or 40m resting between about 3-4minutes, and doing something different like Med Ball activities between sets. This section aims to explain how to design sessions that are appropriate - it is not just a collection of standardized sessions. Creativity is a big part of the fun of coaching and athletes love variety. The key to fun and effectiveness is a coach delivering a variety of effective training activities within certain guidelines.

References & Recommended Resources - Includes about 30 links to special articles on the web and other resources.

The information in the book has been gathered over many years. It is a combination of shared knowledge of a number of Australia's best Sprint Coaches and also information gathered directly and indirectly from some of the coaches of the Worlds Elite Sprinters.

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