If you coach multi-sports, then this program is all you need to understand the fundamentals of an explosive start!
Derek M. Hansen is a renowned speed coach and sports performance consultant. He is sought after for his expertise in sprint mechanics, speed programming and hamstring rehabilitation. Having learned under the tutelage of legendary coaches such as Charlie Francis and Al Vermeil, Hansen has applied his knowledge and skills to world champions, Olympic medalists, professional athletes and world record holders.
Start Mechanics and Training Applications reviews the key elements of good starts and acceleration performance. It then outlines the key start types used for developing improved technique, explosive power, elastic ground-reaction forces and overall acceleration mechanics. These starts can be used in combination to elicit optimal speed qualities in every training session. Guidelines are provided for appropriate progressions and program planning for athletes of all sports and abilities.
This training program will show you:
- Quick and easy methods for getting more done in less time so you can focus on the skills specific to your sport.
- Easy to understand and apply strategies for speed development.
- Clear progressions that can be used for beginner and advanced athletes at the same practice.
- Drills and exercises on video so you can see exactly how to perform and teach drills properly.
- Specific instructions detailing how, where and when to use each movement without having “to earn a degree in exercise science or biomechanics”
1. Free Form Starts
This includes Falling Starts, Push Up-Starts for shuttle runs, Lateral Starts for baseball, 3-Point starts for football, and of course 4-Point Starts for Track and Field sprints.
2. Medicine Ball Starts
This includes Med-Ball and Roll-Back Push Start, Hop to Med-Ball Push Start, Lateral Med-Ball Throw and Start.
3. Resisted Starts
This includes Partner Resistance on Shoulders (a must for young sprinters!), Resistance Band Falling Start & Three-Point Starts, Sled Dragging Falling Starts & Three-Point Starts.
4. Obstacle Starts
This includes Small Hurdle Step-Overs into Sprint, Lateral Hurdle Step-Overs into Sprint, Lateral Side-Step into Linear Sprint, and Multiple High Hurdle Hop into Sprint.
This is a much needed resource, as starts and accelerations are a misunderstood area of sports. More athletes should work on this segment as it truly pertains to what happens in all major sports, more so than top end speed.
Al Miller, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach – Oakland Raiders
Derek has hit the nail right on the head. A good start is like getting the first punch in a fight. Following Derek’s Start Mechanics and Training Applications Program will give your athletes their best chance to beat their opponent to the punch. I have never seen an athlete who had a slow start and lacked explosive acceleration achieve a high degree of success in sports and who wasn’t dominated by their opponent. By far and away the most thorough and comprehensive programs for coaches and athletes that is available anywhere.
Al Vermeil, Former Strength & Conditioning Coach – Chicago Bulls (6 Championships), San Francisco 49’ers (1 Superbowl)