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February 3, 2017

Getting more from running warm-ups

The days of taking a lap and static stretching as a warm-up are over. Chuck Woolridge, the successful cross country and track coach at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, has learned quite a bit about the ancillary aspects of running in ...


November 22, 2016

NFHS survey: High school football decline is slowing

The latest national participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that more kids are playing prep sports than ever before. That’s a fine achievement, but the focus continues to be on football and whether...


November 14, 2016

Kennedy HS (Iowa) finds athletic success through relationships, culture

The culture that has come to define Kennedy High School’s athletic program is best illustrated by former principal Dr. Mary Wilcynski and her profound memory. The way coaches remember it, prior to each school year Wilcynski would study the enrol...


October 3, 2016

10 innovative products that are leaving their mark

Product innovations constantly change the way athletic administrators and coaches operate their programs. The trick is figuring out which new inventions best fit high schools and colleges. In Coach and Athletic Director’s second annual Innovatio...


July 13, 2016

NFHS modifies rule against helping injured competitors

Cross country and track athletes will now be given more latitude when they lend a helping hand to an injured competitor. Previously, assisting a fellow athlete led to a disqualification, but beginning with the 2017 season, that will be changed. Th...


July 20, 2015

NFHS approves rule changes for track and field

The National Federation of State High School Associations approved rule changes for track and field and cross country beginning with the upcoming season. Here is the official news release from the NFHS: [caption id="attachment_11978" align="alignr...


June 25, 2015

Study: Girls more prone to overuse injuries than boys

Girls are at a greater risk of overuse injuries in high school sports, according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics. [caption id="attachment_13160" align="alignright" width="202"] Track and field and field hockey caused the most...


May 4, 2015

88 percent of NFL draft picks played multiple sports

This year's NFL Draft provided more proof that young athletes are better off participating in more than one sport. [caption id="attachment_11978" align="alignright" width="254"] Sixty-three percent of NFL draft picks were track and field athletes...


January 27, 2015

UT-Chattanooga drops men’s track program

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga has axed its men’s track programs, effective at the end of the season. Athletic Director David Blackburn made the announcement Jan. 27, calling the move an effort to help the university comply with Title I...


January 21, 2015

Iowa extending girls cross country distances

Iowa is joining a number of other states in extending girls cross country distances, a change that will take effect this fall. Girls had been running 4,000 meters, but the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s board of directors voted in Janua...