Track and field athletics

Athletics

Select your event from the options below for Athletics coaching tips, training programmes, injury prevention and more. We have dozens of technical practice drills for throws, jumps, and sprints from some of the best athletics coaches.

Sprint Training & Sprint Workouts

How to run faster. Here we explain the finer points of sprinting technique for the 100m, 200m, and 400m with practice drills, training sessions, technical advice and strength training.


Hurdles

Hurdles involve running (not jumping) over 10 barriers. The two main hurdling events are sprint hurdles (75m to 110m depending on age and sex) and the 400m hurdles. Here we explain the hurdling technique as well as some simple drills to help learn or improve your hurdling.


Javelin Throwing

International Javelin Coach Tim Newenham explains the basics of Javelin throwing technique for beginners as well as the more advanced aspects of technique for experienced throwers. He explains the basics such as grip and how to do a standing throw through to drills for building up an effective run-up. He explains the common errors throwers make and how to correct them.

Pole Vault Drills

Beth Harris Pole Vault Coach Level 4 explains Pole Vaulting technique with free to view pole vault drills videos to improve each aspect of the jump. We have divided practice exercises into warm-up and conditioning, the approach, the plant and take off, drive & swing as well as other hints and tips to improve your pole vault technique.


Discus

We explain the basics of discus throwing technique as well as a number of practice drills which break the skill down into smaller manageable parts which are easier to learn and perfect. Four sets of related drills created by throws coach John Painter can be performed pretty much anywhere and build technique and strength.


Shot Put

Here we explain the basics of both linear shot technique and rotational shot put technique. Shot put technique is learned through a number of drills which are grouped into related sets and break the skill down into smaller manageable parts.


Hammer

The hammer throw technique is quite different from all the other throws. It is a rotational technique where the thrower aims to turn in the circle with gradually increasing speed with the elite throwers managing four turns before releasing. Throws coach John Painter has broken down the technique into four drill sets making it easier to learn and retain the technique.


Middle Distance

It is the intention in following schedules to cover age groups; Junior (12/13 years), Intermediate (14/15 years) and Senior (16/17) years using the English Schools T&F County standards as a benchmark. It is important to recognise that the schedules presented do not include a racing programme. Adjustments need to be made to the training programme prior to competition. There should a reduction in training load two to three days prior to any competition to allow the athlete to perform to the best of their ability.


Long Jump

Long jump coach Denis Costello explains the basics of long jump technique as well as some simple training drills aimed at perfecting the technique and timing of jumping as well as developing plyometric leg strength.


High Jump

How to high jump. Here we explain the technique of high jumping as well as how to go from beginners scissor technique through to the more competitive Fosbury flop.


Triple Jump

Triple Jump is probably the most demanding of the jumping events in terms of stress on the joints and injury risk. Correct technique and training are important with the jumper aiming to make each of the three phases equal rather than a long hop, short step and long jump as many beginners end up doing.