Managing Muscle Tightness for Sprinting

July 29, 2019 by Angela Coon
Overtraining and lack of understanding of how to train properly are two factors which might contribute to muscle tightness. ( One example would be that we alternated high intensity sprinting with low or very low intensity training. Sometimes especially in my early days of training we might take more than one day to full super compensate from high level speed work) Constant muscle tightness is not normal for sprinters.  Ongoing muscle tightness is not desirable for sprinters and may put you at high risk for serious injury which may be difficult to bounce back from.  Tightness can indicate your muscles are working hard. Learning to run in a relaxed manner will help prevent injuries but relaxation during sprinting often comes with athletes who have greater knowledge and experience. We used to have a saying about training. "you can always add ( work) but you can't ( easily) take it ( the work)  away". Knowing when to stop working hard is one of the most difficult things to teach athletes and coaches and parents who all mean well but don't fully appreciate the cost and effects of small or large injuries in sprinting.
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Speed and Power Conference Toronto Canada November 14 to 16th 2014 Derek Evely, Henk Kraaijenhof

October 18, 2014 by Angela Coon


                          2014 Speed / Power Conference


Delta Meadowvale Hotel

6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON, L5N 2L3

November 14-16, 2014



5:00pm – 6:30pm - Registration

6:30pm - 6:45pm – Brian Kropman: Welcome

6:45pm - 8:15pm – Dan Pfaff: 41 Years in the Trenches: My Best Practices for Developing Speed/Power Athletes

8:15-10:00 - Playteck Reception



9am - 10:30am – Henk Kraaijenhof: Individualized Training for the Speed Based Athlete - Moving Away from the Average


10:30am - 10:45am – Break


10:45am - 12:15pm – Derek Evely: The Performance Gap: What Does it Take for World Class Speed/Power Athlete?

10:45am – 12:15am - Stuart McMillan: How to write a training program: in a world of infinite information, how do we know what’s right?


12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch


1:15pm - 2:45pm - Dan Pfaff: Everything You Do Matters: The Importance of KPI's and their Prioritization in a Speed/Power Program

1:15pm - 2:45pm -Henk Kraaijenhof: Muscle Fibre Typing & Its Importance on Speed Development


2:45pm - 3:00pm - Break


3:00pm - 4:30pm – Derek Evely: Individualization of Training & Data Collection for a Speed/Power Based Program

3:00pm - 4:30pm –Stuart McMillan: Coaching: The Ultimate amalgamation of many interrelated disciplines

4:30pm - 5:15pm – Panel: Planning Methodology 2.0



9am - 10:00am - Dan Pfaff: Resilience Training: Special Forces Implications for Sport

10:00am - 11:00am - Henk Kraaijenhof: Specific vs. General Strength Training 

11:00am - 11:45am – Panel: Knowledge vs. Creation = There are no Truths!

11:45am – 12:00pm – Brian Kropman: Closing

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