The NCAA Track Coach’s Startup Kit

December 8, 2011
by Justin

You are back on Scoutme’s track and field, known simply as The Fast Track with the @HempsteadHuddle. The Fast Track is a high-level NCAA track and field blog for high school athletes. Think of this blog as an extension of your future NCAA track coach, while you’re in the offseason. The Fast Track’s first volume was all about speed training, while the second week was all about training for college track and field events like the 100-meter dash, the long jump, and the 400-meter hurdles. This week, The Fast Track is going back to the fundamentals that most coaches in high school look over, but every NCAA track coach stresses. Let’s get into some cutting-edge NCAA track and field level tips.

The NCAA Track Coach’s Tip #1: Loosen up

You aren’t in kindergarten anymore. You can’t just warm yourself up by running full speed into activities. With all of the talent that the NCAA track and field level has to offer, there is truly no offseason in your horizon if you; that’s what every NCAA track coach will tell you, if you want to go to the next level. When any NCAA track coach has you stretch out or warm-up, you’ll have take it seriously. Poor flexibility leads to a limited range of motion, which often leads to inefficient track and field workouts and possible injuries. The best time to perform stretches for track and field are after you warm up. Though stretching should be part of warming up, the muscles must be warmed before flexibility exercises. Every NCAA track coach will have you perform light cardiovascular exercise for 5 to 10 minutes before stretching, to prepare your muscles for activity. The best type of stretching to perform before your workout is what NCAA track coaches refer to as dynamic stretching. This is stretching that involves movement of the muscles, which includes arm circles, weightless walking lunges, side bends, and trunk rotations. Static stretching, also known as cold stretching, should never be done before any rigorous, track and field activity. Static stretching should only be performed after track and field training, to prepare your muscles for recovery and decrease any discomfort.

The NCAA Track Coach’s Tip #2: Use Premium Gasoline

The world’s fastest vehicles are similar to the world’s elite, NCAA track and field athletes. They use premium fuel for their locomotion. When you are at the NCAA track and field level, you will encounter some of the greatest athletes in the world. Any NCAA track coach will tell you that your success depends on your diet and how you take care of yourself. Your diet should only consist of complex carbohydrates like brown rice and oatmeal, and lean protein like chicken, turkey and fish. Fast food should be the last option you deal with, if you want to be a NCAA track and field athlete. Having well-cooked meal choices will stretch out your college budget and help you avoid the infamous freshman fifteen. When you get to college, your NCAA track coach will give you a weekly curfew that can’t be broken, especially when you are on the road at a NCAA track meet. Sleep helps the body rejuvenate at its high level, and will improve your performance in track and field. If you are unsure if you are sleep deprived, here is a great indicator. If you only need five minutes or less to fall asleep at night, then you’re sleep deprived. Ideally, you should slowly move out of normal consciousness between 10 and 15 minutes. Ultimately, you should be tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy during the day.

The spring will be here before you know it, so if you want to reap the benefits of hard work, the time is now. Try these techniques and you will see results. Until you get your next track and field gold medal, I’ll be here on the Fast Track. This is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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