Athletics – Youth Coaching Course


On Sunday I took a three hour high jump session for coaches taking the Ungdomstrenerkurs (Youth Coaching Course) at Norges Idretts Høyskolen NIH (Norwegian School of Sports Science) here in Oslo, Norway. The course was organised by the Norges Fri-idrettsforbund NFIF(Norwegian Athletics Association). After hours of theory

Stretching

Stretching

it was time to put it into practice. First up was a comprehensive warm up, including 40 minutes of stretching from my Stretching Handbook. This is of major importance for any jumper and I think coaches should go through what they are asking their jumpers to do, so they know what it feels like and can demonstrate the techniques.

We moved on to jumping warm up running straight on to a high jump bed including, tuck jump, tuck jump & turn, scissor jump & turn. Then from a 45 degree angled run we scissor jumped off 2 and 3 strides from both sides.

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

Next we jumped backwards over a bar from a high box to practice the flop lay out and different head positions. Either to the side looking down the bar or straight back looking for the colour of the landing mat.

I then demonstrated how to mark out a predetermined high jump run up using a tape measure, chalk and masking tape. The dimensions I used we from a 16 year old male high jumper. The was a 3 meter shake zone before a 3 stride straight and a 5 stride curve. I also drew the curve on the floor with chalk to guide the jumpers to the correct take off position of 50 cm along and 80 cm away from the bar. All the coaches walked thought the run up visualising the approach of the athlete and placing the correct foot on the correct mark.  First the coaches ran through over the landing mat for speed, then they scissor jumped from the full run up. A picture from my run up book can be FOUND HERE

Running the curve

Running the curve

Afterwards we went though some running technique drills for jumpers covering the basics, ankle roll, heel pic up, high knee and straight leg jogging. All were done with a transition into a running tuck jump onto the landing mat. These high intensity drills all last for 5 – 15 seconds and can really help train short distance sprinting fitness.

Finally some of us took some full run up jumps off a spring board to give the feeling of more air time and to easily practice the full Frobury Flop technique. This is great for young jumpers to get a sense of the timing of jumping high and is a LOT of fun which will keep your athletes coming back for more.

Simon Hunt - Coaching

Simon Hunt - Coaching

Spring board jumping

Spring board jumping

Simon Hunt - Coaching

Simon Hunt - Coaching

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

Frosbury Flop Technique

SImon Hunt - Coaching

SImon Hunt - Coaching

SImon Hunt - Coaching

SImon Hunt - Coaching

Junior High Jump Run Up

Junior High Jump Run Up

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About Simon Hunt

As a professional for over 15 years with a strong academic background, Simon has developed dynamic style of personal training. Effective, functional training routines, tailored towards your personal health and fitness goals are what he loves to work towards. This style of training is based around a wealth of experience that includes, working with numerous World and Olympic athletes, developing Norwegian sport champions, preventing heart problems and other diseases through exercise as a medicine, as well as countless private clients. www.sihunt.wordpress,com www.youtube.com/user/SiHunt As professional athlete and personal trainer, i have over 24 years experience in athletics where my expertise lie in the jump events and sprints. I also have knowledge of basketball and gymnastics. I have 15 years experience working as personal trainer 6 of which as an exercise physiologist training heart patients, ranging from angina to transplant, as well as many other specialised conditions i.e. diabetics etc.
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4 Responses to Athletics – Youth Coaching Course

  1. Martin says:

    Its called the norwegian school of sports sciences

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  2. Nigel Lewis says:

    Hi Simon,

    Great article…loads of technical detail

    Nigel

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    • Simon Hunt says:

      Thanks Nigel, I´m trying to arrange more. I really like communicating good thinking to other coaches, they really need more trained high jump coaches here in Norway. I would love to do some in the UK soon.
      Simon H

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