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EA Coaching Middle Distance using an Involving Style

In this episode in our "How to coach" series, England Athletics National Coach Mentor for Middle Distance Dave Sunderland demonstrates how coaches can involve their athletes in the coaching process and also work with a mentor (David Hemery) at the same time. Be sure to check back for more updates to this series every week.

Other parts in the series:

EA Coaching Shot Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Hammer Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Pole Vault Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching The Sprints Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Using an Involving Style

  • Uploaded: 19.11.2009
  • Duration: 00:12:53
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Comments (2)

  1. Posted by Anonymous on 25/11/2009 at 01:49 AM

    As a coach how do you know the difference between 90% and 80%...from my naked eye these looked very similar? I certainly wouldn’t have picked up on these differences….Were they measured via a stop watch as i didnt see this on the video?

  2. Posted by Tom Crick on 28/11/2009 at 09:40 AM - Admin Comment

    If you get Athletics Weekly, I wrote an article on this over the past 3 weeks called “Variables of Training”. It depends if you are talking about 80% effort or 80% intensity - it is the coach’s decision which one to use depending on what they want to get out of the session. For effort it is simply the perceived effort of the athlete and so the times taken to cover the distance may vary. If it is (relative) intensity then you can calculate it by taking you predicted best performance over the distance (in this case 90m) and dividing that time by the intensity (zero point, the intensity). So say he can run 10s for 90m then an 80% run would be 10/0.80 = 12.5s and a 90% intensity run would be 10/0.90 = 11.1s. You then simply time the rep to give you the intensity. If say they ran it in 13s that would be 10/13 = 77% intensity and you could feed this back to the athlete and suggest they run faster etc…

    When using an involving style you would probably start by asking the athlete about their perception of the pace before giving them the feedback and then asking them how they will adjust the run to make it that bit fast. They might come back with the answer that they could accelerate for a little longer before holding the pace, or aim to work their arms a little harder or something… if they couldn’t think of a strategy off the top of their head you could give them an example (say working the arms) and then ask if they can think of any others. Once you’ve both come up with a number of strategies you can then ask them which one they’d like to try or go all three on different reps and having provided them with feedback about the times achieved they can work out which strategy works best for them.

    Hope this helps.


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