Track & Field Omnibook

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Jason Karp
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Track & Field Omnibook, 6th Edition, a revival of the prominent coaches manual first published in 1971, is a complete historical guide to track and field technique and training, Every track and field event from hurdles to high jump and distance running to decathlon is covered in depth, and includes the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches and styles, the training prescriptions, workouts, and writings of prominent coaches, and hundreds of drawings and photos to illustrate technique in the sprints, hurdles, and field events.

Racing on foot is the oldest and most universal of all sports. In ancient Greece, commonly regarded as the birthplace of competitive sport, running was a highly regarded physical trait. Since the ancient Greek races run in a 230-meter by 30-meter rectangular space, track and field has come a long way. It is one of the largest attractions at the Olympic Games. More high school students participate in track and field than in any other sport, which leaves a lot of work for coaches to manage it all.

From trainer to administrator, recruiter of talent to executor of policy, and motivator to confidante, the track and field coach plays many roles. At one extreme, there is the coach who is most concerned with people and interpersonal relationships, with little concern for winning. This coach wants to get along with the athletes as they are, rather than pushing them toward what they can become. At the other extreme, there is the coach who is most concerned with winning and its rewards, with little concern for athletes as individuals. This coach is most interested in training, techniques, and performance, and is an exacting taskmaster to accomplish those things. The best coaches are a product of both extremes an individual who is both an expert in the training and techniques, with a deep desire to win, and in human relations, with a genuine concern for the athletes. Track & Field Omnibook brings both extremes together to create the whole coaching picture.

When the first edition of Track & Field Omnibook was published in 1971, it was ahead of its time. In the present day of specialization and niche books, reviving Track & Field Omnibook with a sixth edition proves that this book has stood the test of time. This latest edition, edited and updated by exercise physiologist, coach, and author, Jason Karp, PhD, reaffirms Track & Field Omnibook s position as the best and most comprehensive textbook in the sport and an invaluable reference for veteran and beginning coaches alike.