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Shelia Burrell - Developing Combined Event Athletes

Track & Field

Developing Combined Event Athletes provides an overview of the key steps involved in building a multi-event athlete from scratch.

Olympian and coach Shelia Burrell explains why big difference exists between being a good athlete and a good heptathlete and outlines what factors help determine whether a heptathlete becomes great. Coach Burrell also details the two main attributes that coaches should look for in their heptathletes-natural speed and natural strength.

In addition, the video features a review of the fundamental training principles for combined event athletes, as well as offers several examples of training cycles for those athletes.

Among the topics covered: 

  • Athletes vs. heptathletes 
  • Where do the points come from? 
  • The bottom line goal of training
  • Talent identification 
  • Training principles
  • Training cycles
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