What is the correct technique for hurdles?

Bring your leading leg up quickly, and point it towards the hurdle. Then, extend your knee once it reaches the height of the barrier. Keep your knee in line with the vertical axis of your torso. At about 15cm to 30cm before the hurdle’s rail, the foot of your leading leg should reach its highest point.

How do I get better at hurdling?

Stay forward, stay forward, stay forward. The trail leg should feel like it lands directly beside the lead leg. Keep the rhythm the same throughout the drill (take off from further in front of the hurdle) Don’t increase the stride length to cover the distance between hurdles.

What are the basic skills in hurdles?

As you approach the hurdle, drive up your rear leg up and forwards. At the same time, raise your front knee up and extend the leg parallel to the floor. As you pass over the hurdle, thrust your front leg over the barrier. At the same time, pull your rear leg up at the knee and turn the foot outward.

What is the trail leg in hurdles?

The trail leg is the second leg to clear the hurdles. Immediately after the back leg pushes off the ground, simultaneously bring the heel to the bum (where it shall remain for the duration of the trail leg movement) and raise the knee to the side.

Do you need to be flexible to do hurdles?

Flexibility is one of the most important and over looked components of hurdling and should be a daily focus. Strengthening of the hip flexors and groin should also be a primary focal point.

How tall should you be to run hurdles?

In track races, hurdles are normally 68–107 cm in height (or 27–42 inches), depending on the age and sex of the hurdler. Events from 50 to 110 meters are technically known as high hurdles races, while longer competitions are low hurdles races.

How do I improve my trail legs in hurdles?

Take a regular running step with your lead leg on the outside of the hurdle and focus on getting your trail leg over the hurdle from its side. Ensure that you lead the motion using your knee. To do so, raise your trail leg at the side up to hip level.

What muscles are used in hurdles?

The height of the hurdles varies between 30, 33 and 36 inches. The athlete perform various frontward, sideways and backwards walks and skips over and under the hurdles. The exercises repeatedly stress the hip flexors, quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus and abdominal muscles.

How many hurdles are there?

The standard number of steps to the first hurdle should be 8. The standard long hurdle race is 400 meters for both men and women. Each of these races is run over ten hurdles and they are all Olympic events.

What is hurdling in football?

A hurdle in football occurs when the ball carrier jumps overtop of a defender that is contacting the ground with only their feet. If a player has his knees or arms resting the ground this is no longer considered a hurdle according to the rulebook.