It aims to present a range of ways to prepare for 400m. There are some core ideas which are very important for all 400m athletes to value but there is a great opportunity for coach creativity in 400m training.
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"The 400m event is an extended sprint which combines the need for high levels of speed with a very high level of specific endurance. 400m athletes need great specific strength and excellent technique so that they can maintain form in the finishing straight."
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Index of Contents
The New Biomechanics of Sprinting
A description of the latest technique of Sprinting that is displayed by many Elite Athletes. Also discussion of how a knowledge of this can be applied to any developing athlete.
Sprinting & the Nervous system
The Nervous system is quite limited in its capacity to recover from certain types of stresses. This is a very important area to understand when aiming to produce and train for high speeds.
Ideas to do with strength training including periodization ideas for advanced athletes.
Any athlete that wants to accelerate fast and have a higher maximum speed will need to be able to develop more power. What can be done to improve power?
Improvement of Technique
Important guidelines in the development of improved technique. Making sure there is technical improvement is the prime indicator of what is good coaching and what is not.
How can athletes develop endurance without decreasing speed. What is good long-term? What is bad practise?
An Introduction to 400m Preparation
Discusses a variety of concepts that are important background to understanding 400m training.
Training Methods of some Elite 400m Athletes
Discussion of a variety of methods used by elite 400m athletes.
Developing 400m Athletes – A Yearly Plan
A possible plan for training is presented which may suit some athletes.
Tactical Ideas for Racing 400m
Young 400m Athletes – what to do with them
Nutrition & Recovery Ideas For 400m
Supplementary Ideas of Training Sessions
Creativity is a big part of the fun of coaching and athletes love variety. Many extra ideas are provided in this section.
Recommended Resources - Includes about 30 links to special articles on the web and other resources.