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STRETCHING THE POINT

FOR THE PAST DECADE, MOST ATHLETES AND COACHES HAVE USED DYNAMIC STRETCHING AS PREPARATION FOR TRAINING, BUT IS IT REALLY THE ANSWER, ASKS JOHN SHEPHERD?

SINCE THE 1990s, virtually all athletes and coaches have used a variation of the dynamic warm-up, moving away from the plod-stretchsprint ‘old school’ preparation that had been applied for decades. In the UK, we were relatively late to gasp the concept of warm-up dynamics.

I recall a coaching course I went on with former Soviet head coach and all-time great long jumper Igor Ter-Ovanesyan in the early 1980s. It seemed revolutionary at the time in that, on instruction to warm-up, before we could even start jogging Ter-Ovanesyan had us doing jumping jacks and star jumps and the like. This was something new and exciting and, in retrospect, an early exposure to the dynamism of things to come.

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THE BIG INTERVIEW 14 DAVID RUDISHA Why the Olympic 800m champion thought he was finished SPOTLIGHT 18 BRIANNA ROLLINS How the sprint-hurdler used a laidback approach to take Rio gold ACTION 36 LIVERPOOL CROSS Andy Butchart prevails over top field at Euro Cross trials, while Gemma Steel is leading woman PERFORMANCE 26 Sports science news 28 Athlete Insight – Sara Treacy 30 Dynamic warm-ups 32 Products – running headgear A BRIT ABROAD 20 Tim Hutchings laments the demise of the world cross country champs NEWS 6 Usain Bolt film premieres 8 GB relay women set for upgrade 10 Alex Yee keeps sport options open RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On fixtures guide REGULARS 24 Letters 25 Book reviews 34 Young Athlete – John Millar 61 Quiz – test your knowledge 62 Dip Finish