Reducing Air Time and Hurdle Technique


Coach Steve did a nice job in his article on keeping the shoulders low on minimizing air time, but why do other athletes with higher shoulder and arm postures have great air time? The issue is likely to be take off angle and shuffle ability, especially with taller hurdlers. I looked at every major hurdle race since 1976 and found that the top hurdlers are very good about minimizing technical flaws and superb in finding elements of the race they can use technique to speed up. One gift that Dayron Robles has is the ability to minimize air time by having a great touchdown on his lead leg and keeping his center of mass low even if his forward lean is minimal. I suggest reading Steve’s article so we can emulate hurdlers that have found technique changes instead of talent to overcome speed barriers. Steve is an english teacher and his writing ability shows it.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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