SOME SPE­CIFIC AP­PLI­CA­TION TO OTHER EVENTS

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

SPRINTS

Much of what Free­lap can do for record­ing sprints was noted pre­vi­ously. That is, splits and dif­fer­ent start­ing op­tions for re­ac­tion, no re­ac­tion, and fly­ing runs. Do note, the use of the Tx Touch Pro is re­quired for a true sprint start and you’ll need one for each ath­lete to be timed if want­ing to record mul­ti­ple times un­der “race” con­di­tions. Plus, each will need an Fx Chip BLE. How­ever, on the flip-side, one TX Ju­nior Pro can record ath­letes in ad­ja­cent lanes – there­fore two.

HUR­DLES

A key for hur­dles coaches is touch down time. Get­ting these times with any ac­cu­racy, rather like speed into the board for the long and triple jumper, is vir­tu­ally an im­pos­si­bil­ity us­ing a stop­watch.

To use the Free­lap sys­tem you place the Tx Ju­nior Pros two me­tres from the base of the hur­dle and on the lane line. Why two me­tres away? Well, gen­er­ally the hur­dle con­tact is made circa 1.2m after the hur­dle, and be­cause the sys­tem is trig­gered 80cm be­fore the trans­mit­ter (as noted pre­vi­ously).

You’ll need a Tx Ju­nior Pro for each hur­dle touch time to be recorded plus one for the fin­ish when us­ing the Tx Touch Pro start but­ton/but­tons. You can time two hur­dlers at the same time. That is, in ad­ja­cent lanes (works the same as for sprint­ers as noted). Hur­dle touch down record­ing Ju­nior TX Pros need to be set to ‘lap’ use.

TEMPO AND LONGER IN­TER­VAL RUNS

It’s equally pos­si­ble to time in­ter­vals and tempo ef­forts us­ing the Free­lap sys­tem.

You’ll need one TX Ju­nior Pro each for the start and the fin­ish. And the great thing is that mul­ti­ple ath­letes will all get their times if they have their own FX Chip BLE.

VER­DICT

In the past, I of­ten re­frained from tim­ing sprints with my phone or stop­watch, let alone run-up vari­ables, due to the in­ac­cu­ra­cies I knew would re­sult: the lack of repli­ca­bil­ity, and also be­cause the time achieved may not ac­tu­ally be what you want.

With the Free­lap I got the ac­cu­racy, the repli­ca­bil­ity and what I wanted (and will no doubt want more of with fur­ther ex­per­i­men­ta­tion).

Also, the sys­tem is a great mo­ti­va­tor; ath­letes can’t help but get com­pet­i­tive when those lit­tle yel­low pyra­mids are placed on the track. Ath­letes will want to get to the end as fast as pos­si­ble (good for sprint­ers, but per­haps not so for tempo or other in­ter­vals).

With Free­lap you get a great tool to re­ally im­prove your ath­letes. You won’t have to guess or use ‘in­tu­ition’ and ‘feel’ (valu­able coach­ing at­tributes nonethe­less) – you’ll be able to ob­jec­tively know what’s hap­pen­ing time-wise and make re­ally in­formed judg­ments as to how to im­prove your ath­letes. And, of course, as an ath­lete you can time your­self and be re­ally “up” for ses­sions ac­cord­ingly.

Watch a video of John Shep­herd and his ath­letes putting the Free­lap sys­tem to the test on ath­let­icsw.com/ free­lap

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01260-275708 or see hss­ports.co.uk or email gary@hss­ports.co.uk

Free­lap is a great mo­ti­va­tor

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