Preseason Training for Track & Field
Sprints, Jumps, Throws
Those interested in Preparing themselves for a season of competition in the Sprints, Jumps, or Throws should start developing their strength through weight training.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you MUST be using proper form when lifting weights. It is easy to suffer serious, long term injuries if improper form is used, so make sure you're familiar with correct form for any exercise you plan on doing.
Success in the Track & Field disciplines of Sprinting, Jumping, or Throwing depends heavily on two main components: Form and Power (the combination of speed and strength). Therefore, it is important to start developing both those two components early in the season.
Proper form is a must for anyone wanting to excel in sprints, jumps, and even the throws. These drills will help you establish an understanding of proper form.
Here is an excellent drill progression to help you learn proper sprint mechanics.
Notice how she keeps her ankles flexed up as if she is pushing her toes to her shin. This is CRUCIAL in sprinting as it allows you to take full advantage of the elastic nature of your muscles.
Explosiveness is a key factor in running, jumping, and throwing