BAREFOOT RUNNING, SPIKES, AND 100 SPEED
Ask Coach Ed
Dear Coach Ed,|
My 10 year old runs the 100m in 14.8. He runs barefoot as he feels
this makes him faster. Any risks to barefoot running? He wears a size four
shoe and I don't know if there are track spikes available in his size.
spikes or starting blocks improve his times? How about coaching? I've
assumed that sprinting speed
can't be improved much, unlike distance running.
I don't know if are any long term effects from running barefoot but
for sprinters barefoot running is not efficient. Spikes and starting blocks
could improve his time if used correctly. If your son is serious about
sprinting I would go for the spikes.
Yes, they do make spikes in size 4.
Starting blocks require advanced sprinting technique usually supervised by
an experienced coach. In New England many youth track meets do not allow
About coaching: I believe there is more technique and form
training needed in sprinting than in distance running. Every 100th of a
second counts. A sprinter needs to work on having an explosive start. They
have to run the middle part of the race with their body relaxed and flowing.
Nearing the end of the race, timing the lean across the finish line can
decide if an athlete finishes first or third. There is so much that can be
improved with proper coaching. The good sprinters on my youth team spend
the same amount of time training as the good distance runners.
It would be
difficult for recommend training techniques for your son without actually
being there but here is a good recourse for you. M-F Athletic Company, find
them at www.mfathletic.com and request a catalog. They have a great
assortment of size 4 spikes. If you want to try some technique training with
your son, buy the video "Come to 100m Dash Practice" also at M-F. This
video is for college age but the drills and finishing techniques are
extremely useful for young athletes. I hope I answered all your questions.
Good luck to your son with track,
Ed Poirier, "Coach Ed", recently was invited by the United States Olympic
committee to attend a workshop and training seminar at the Olympic training
center in California.
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