ALTIS Track & Field Education Series: Coaching the Short Sprints

Coaching the Short Sprints is an online educational program dedicated to the 60m, 100m & 200m, representing the second course in the ALTIS Track & Field Education Series.

Featuring 12 modules written by renowned Coach and Educator – Dan Pfaff – this digital course is packed with coaching insights, tips, tools, and progressions crafted to build topic-specific understanding, develop targeted coaching skill sets, and accelerate your development. In addition, it features a range of elite coach and athlete interviews bringing a fresh and wide-ranging perspective to your learning.

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Coaching the Short Sprints is an online educational program dedicated to the 60m, 100m, & 200m.

Foreword by Coach Pfaff

Our aim in this course is not to disseminate opinion and conjecture, but to provide a balanced, experiencebased and evidencesupported overview of the events. This view will be founded on biomechanical truths, as well as lessons learned from over 40 years coaching a number of world-class sprinters, interaction with coaches from around the globe, and observation of trends – both past and present.

From this grounding, we will provide you with explanations for the reasons behind technique nuances, and separate ‘style’ from non-negotiable technical truths.

Coaching sprinters effectively isn’t born from imitation of the latest and greatest, it comes from a deep understanding of cause and effect, and the application of biomechanical principles. It is our hope that on completion you will have gained this understanding, and be confident with the application of concepts learned within your own environment.

Please note, that due to the inclusion of non-negotiable fundamental principles, some of the concepts explained within have been discussed in the Foundation Course, however, they will be significantly expanded upon within this course.

Introduction to the Course by Coach Dan Pfaff


Course Creators

Authors

The Lead Author of this course is Dan Pfaff. Coach Pfaff is a globally recognized expert in the field of coaching & coach education. With over 40 years coaching across multiple Track & Field disciplines, Dan has led 49 Olympians to 9 medals. He has lectured in 27 countries & consults across multiple sports, delivering coach education to National Governing Bodies & private organizations globally, in sports ranging from football & basketball, to rugby, soccer, golf & baseball.

Contributors

PJ Vazel, Stuart McMillan, Andreas Behm, Kevin Tyler, Chidi Enyia, Kyle Hierholzer, Mike Boykin

Guests

Lauryn Williams, Bruny Surin, Donovan Bailey, Laura Turner

Course Aims

Coaching the Short Sprints aims to:

  • Provide a comprehensive exploration of the factors that influence success in the short sprints.
  • Provide teaching progressions and coaching strategies to safely and successfully develop beginner athletes into successful sprinters.

Target Audience

  • Beginner Coaches seeking to gain an understanding of the event from one of the world’s best coaches.
  • Developing Coaches looking to expand their knowledge base and challenge their understanding.
  • Emerging-elite Coaches seeking to grow their perspectives, continue their development, and challenge their philosophies.

Join Coach Pfaff as he shares more on who this course is for in the video below:


Course Content

Coaching the Short Sprints is made up of 12 modules, and is fully digital – designed to be taken online only. Featuring a wealth of content to ignite your coaching, including videos and 24 learning hours of content, this course is made up of 12 modules features the following content:

Module 1 – Sprinting: An Introductory Journey
Module 2 – The Dynamics and Mechanics of Sprinting
Module 3 – Sprinting: Trainability, Strategy, Technical Models, & KPIs
Module 4 – Starting Ability
Module 5Acceleration Ability
Module 6 – Maximum Velocity & The ALTIS Kinogram
Module 7 – Speed Endurance Ability & The Sprint Finish
Module 8 – Teaching Inventory: Starting & Acceleration
Module 9 – Teaching Inventory: Maximum Velocity & Speed Endurance
Module 10 – Sport Injuries in Sprinting: Patterns, Trends & Current Thinking
Module 11 – Programming Concepts for the Short Sprints
Module 12 – Elite Coach-Athlete Perspectives

Each module contains

  • Learning Objectives
  • Detailed explanations and discussions
  • Videos
  • Graphics
  • A summary
  • Key Terms
  • Further learning resources
  • A learning check
Coaching the Short Sprints contains 12 modules of bespoke digital content dedicated to sprinting.

Course Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course coaches will be able to:

• Understand and apply the biomechanics of the Sprints to their coaching practice

• Understand the technical model for the 60, 100m, & 200m, and associated Key Performance Indicators

• Safely and effectively use teaching progressions to coach beginners to progress to development level

• Understand the basics of effective programming for the the 60m, 100m & 200m

• Understand how to best prepare an athlete for competition

• Error detect and correct

• Build athlete competency using appropriate cues and teaching activities

• Understand the perspective of elite sprinters and coaches, and how this may differ from developing athletes

Course Professional Outcomes

On successful completion of all modules and their associated learning checks, Coaches will receive a personalized certificate confirming ALTIS Graduate Status for Coaching the Short Sprints.

External CEU Credits / Accreditation

There are no CEU credits or external accreditations currently associated with this course.

Cost

This course can be purchased for an affordable one-off payment of $149.

Enrollment onto ‘Coaching the Short Sprints’ comes at the affordable price of just $149

FAQs

Can I download the course content?

No – the content is only available online. However, some of the further learning resources can be downloaded. You also have lifelong access to this course, so can refer back to it at any time.

Is there a set start and finish date?

No – you can start and finish at your leisure, and course access has no time limit.

Who is this course for?

This course has been written for Coaches working with athletes competing in the short sprints. However, the content within will also be of great benefit to coaches of any sport requiring their athletes to excel in sprinting. This includes Vertical Jumps Coaches, Horizontal Jumps Coaches, Multi-Event Coaches, Team, Field, and Court sports.

What level is the content pitched at?

The content is appropriate for:

  • Beginner Coaches seeking to gain an understanding of the event from one of the world’s best coaches.
  • Developing Coaches looking to expand their knowledge base and challenge their understanding.
  • Emerging-elite coaches seeking to grow their perspectives, continue their development, and challenge their philosophies.

What do I get for my money?

  • 12 modules of bespoke content, written by one of the most experienced Coaches in Track & Field – Coach Dan Pfaff.
  • Further learning materials and resources.
  • Access to the ALTIS Agora Council on Facebook – our online portal for interacting with ALTIS coaches and networking with our course members globally.
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