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Fundamentals of track and field
Carr, Gerald A., 1936-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Format :


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GV1060.5 .C368 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
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Teaching correct techniques in track and field can be a challenge, especially for less experienced coaches and physical educators. The broad range of knowledge required to teach and coach so many varied events makes track and field one of the most technically complex sport areas to master.

Fundamentals of Track and Field simplifies the learning and teaching process with clear, progressive instruction. Coaches and physical educators will find the book especially useful, answering common questions such as, "What sequence of lead-ups and drills should be used?" and "How do I make my teaching and coaching environment as safe as possible?"

Written by former Olympic athlete and veteran coach Gerry Carr, this book presents valuable information for teaching and coaching every track and field event, including such frequently excluded events as the 400-meter hurdles, steeplechase, triple jump, hammer throw, and race walking. For each event, the book provides:

- step-by-step instructions progressing from basic skills to intermediate techniques;
- practice drills to learn and master each essential skill;
- troubleshooting tables that list common technique errors and corrections;
- coaching tips to improve instruction and organization; and
- safety suggestions, performance standards, and assessment tools.

Accompanying the written material are nearly 300 high-quality illustrations that show correct technique in sequential detail for each event. Plus, throughout this attractive, reader-friendly book, you'll find special coaching tips to highlight key points.

Fundamentals of Track and Field is the best book on the basics in each event. It is the starting point for all those who dream of one day winning a gold medal.

Author Notes

Gerry Carr, PhD, is a professor in the School of Physical Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introduction: Teaching the Basics of Track and Fieldp. vii
Part I Track Events
1 Sprintsp. 2
Safety Suggestionsp. 3
Techniquep. 4
Teaching Stepsp. 4
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 22
Assessmentp. 24
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 26
2 Relaysp. 27
Safety Suggestionsp. 28
Techniquep. 28
Teaching Stepsp. 33
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 42
Assessmentp. 46
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 47
3 Hurdlesp. 48
Safety Suggestionsp. 48
100/110-Meter Hurdlesp. 49
Techniquep. 49
Teaching Stepsp. 51
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 61
Assessmentp. 63
400-Meter Hurdlesp. 64
Techniquep. 64
Teaching Stepsp. 64
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 69
Assessmentp. 69
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 71
4 Distance Runningp. 72
Safety Suggestionsp. 73
Techniquep. 74
Teaching Stepsp. 75
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 83
Assessmentp. 84
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 86
5 Steeplechasep. 87
Safety Suggestionsp. 88
Techniquep. 89
Teaching Stepsp. 89
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 94
Assessmentp. 95
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 96
6 Race Walkingp. 97
Safety Suggestionsp. 98
Techniquep. 98
Individual Technical Elementsp. 99
Teaching Stepsp. 100
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 107
Assessmentp. 110
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 112
Part II Jumping Events
7 High Jumpp. 114
Safety Suggestionsp. 114
Techniquep. 115
Teaching Stepsp. 115
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 127
Assessmentp. 129
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 130
8 Long Jumpp. 131
Safety Suggestionsp. 131
Techniquep. 132
Teaching Stepsp. 133
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 150
Assessmentp. 152
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 154
9 Triple Jumpp. 155
Safety Suggestionsp. 155
Techniquep. 156
Teaching Stepsp. 156
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 165
Assessmentp. 167
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 169
10 Pole Vaultp. 170
Safety Suggestionsp. 170
Techniquep. 172
Teaching Stepsp. 174
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 192
Assessmentp. 195
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 196
Part III Throwing Events
11 Shot Putp. 198
Safety Suggestionsp. 198
Glide Techniquep. 199
Rotary Techniquep. 200
Teaching Stepsp. 200
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 211
Assessmentp. 214
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 216
12 Discusp. 217
Safety Suggestionsp. 217
Techniquep. 218
Teaching Stepsp. 219
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 231
Assessmentp. 234
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 235
13 Javelinp. 236
Safety Suggestionsp. 236
Techniquep. 237
Teaching Stepsp. 238
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 253
Assessmentp. 258
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 259
14 Hammerp. 260
Safety Suggestionsp. 260
Techniquep. 261
Teaching Stepsp. 263
Common Errors and Correctionsp. 273
Assessmentp. 277
Suggested Standards of Performancep. 278
The Combined Eventsp. 279
Suggested Readingsp. 283
About the Authorp. 285