Fundamentals of Track and Field-2nd / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

An elementary guide for the PE teacher. On the sprints and hurdles as well as the less familiar hammer and javelin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736000086
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 787,028
  • Product dimensions: 10.66 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerry Carr, PhD, is a professor in the School of Physical Education at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, where he teaches biomechanics to physical educators and coaches. During a noteworthy track and field career, he threw the discus for Great Britain in the Olympic Games and competed for the UCLA Bruins in the discus, shot put, and hammer throw. He has coached and taught track and field to physical educators and elite athletes in Europe, the United States, and Canada.

An accomplished writer, Carr has published six books and more than 30 articles on sport and physical education, including Mechanics of Sport: A Practitioner's Guide (Human Kinetics, 1996), and Sport Mechanics for Coaches (Human Kinetics, 2004). Carr resides in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Track Events
Chapter 1. Sprints
Chapter 2. Relays
Chapter 3. Hurdles
Chapter 4. Distance Running
Chapter 5. Steeplechase
Chapter 6. Race Walking

Part II: Jumping Events
Chapter 7. High Jump
Chapter 8. Long Jump
Chapter 9. Triple Jump
Chapter 10. Pole Vault

Part III: Throwing Events
Chapter. 11 Shot Put
Chapter 12. Discus
Chapter 13. Javelin
Chapter 14. Hammer Throw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    Great for high school field events

    This book is the one I turn to most frequently while coaching. I coach jr high and high school girls in long jump, triple jump, high jump, and pole vault. This book lays out the fundamentals of each event and then details progressive drills. The drills tend to be easy to teach and include hints on what say, such as 'drive the knee.' Each chapter has an excellent trouble shooting section.

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