Sleep - 8-9 hours each night is the most important way to improve and stay healthy.
Training - daily training is another important way to improve and stay healthy. Being consistent with warmup, drilling properly, warming down, and stretching improves recovery and health.
Injuries - Taking care of injuries immediately allows athletes to get healthy more quickly and enables them to be consistent with their training. Athletes should implement what the trainer provides as rehab and recovery modalities. These modalities include rolling, icing, taping, and stretching. The strength coach can also provide ways of strengthening weak areas of the body as long as the trainer indicates athlete can participate in normal training activities. Athletes are responsible communicating the trainers instructions to their event and strength coach.
Diet - Eating within 30-60 minutes of practice in essential to recovery and performance. The body utilized nutrients most effectively during this time frame.
Equipment - Having quality and new training shoes are important to preventing injuries. Training shoes can look fine, but really only last one season (4-6 months). Having the proper spikes also help to prevent injuries. Event shoes, spikes and throwing shoes are made to improve performance and keep athletes healthy.
Some event shoes to consider: Discus (made for spinning and can be used for shot if athlete is a spinner) Shot (glide sole and allows for traction on ring) Triple Jump (has bigger heel and protects heel of athlete) Long Jump (can be used for sprint spikes) High Jump (has spikes on heel to prevent slipping) Sprint Spikes (not recommended for jumping) Middle Distance Spikes (slight heel lift) Distance Spikes (more heel lift)
Shoes can be purchased at Athletic Performance, 55 W. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA. Athletes should indicate they are on the Los Gatos Track & Field Team for a discount.