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    Hurdle Training

    I would like to start a thread on HH training. This could include technical aspects, training week breakdowns, etc. Are there other coaches/ athletes out there interested?
    One big issue is the promoting of forward lean in female hurdlers. Is this just an American "new-age" idea or are others running into this?

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    i'd like someone to start that topic up because i'm always looking for new knowledge in the hurdles

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    maybe we are the only two.

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    Originally posted by dlive11
    I would like to start a thread on HH training. This could include technical aspects, training week breakdowns, etc. Are there other coaches/ athletes out there interested?
    One big issue is the promoting of forward lean in female hurdlers. Is this just an American "new-age" idea or are others running into this?
    What I have noticed, is the female hurdlers that are into the foward lean are the ones that lack great foot speed. Jenny Adams is a perfect example of a hurdler that made improvements after doing this.

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    Interesting, could you explain this a little further. I may be in a brain-freeze right now. Is it to assist in bringing the body weight over the hurdle quicker? Thanks.

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    I'm not sure on this one but I think that once the athlete is in flight the hard lean over the hurdle is to, among other things, promote keeping the COM as low as is necessary to clear the hurdle properly. I believe in the women's hurdles the lean is not nearly as important and might in fact be a negative since though the women's highs are shorter than the men's hurdles, the average leg length discrepancy is not as great between women and men as is the height of the hurdle differences-6in for high school and 9inches for internationals. In other words the men have to compensate more once over the hurdle because their takeoff angle has to(I think-not positive on this one) be greater than that of the women. Ideally, the women should not have anywhere near the lean over the hurdle that the men do and more often than not, none at all.

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    I totally agree with you Joel. I was wondering if there was something I was missing when it came to the women. As you know through our conversations, this is something I do not promote (the lean) for the female hurdlers.

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    As you mentioned, for some reason some coaches actually promote such a lean in their female hurdlers. Why would someone attempt to accelerate or at least maintain speed while keeping their foot on the brake. In hurdling, it seems, these braking forces could negatively impact speed even more than flat sprinting since most are coming down after the flight, at least somewhat. If a female hurdler was especially short(at least very short legs) I MIGHT consider encouraging slight lean but generally speaking, no way.

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    Too bad we both have seen this with some of the coaches in our area. With just a quick fix, the talent would improve markedly.

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    In women's hurdles, it isn't necessary to lean.

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