Illustrated Sprint Hurdles Technique
By Mike Rosenbaum, About.com Guide
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Final step before takeoff
David Payne plants his left foot as his right leg - Payne's lead leg - prepares to extend toward the hurdle during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.
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Sprint hurdlers maintain their speed leading up to each hurdle, but they also shorten, or cut, the final step before their lead leg rises to clear the hurdle. This drives your plant foot under your hips and allows you to shift your upper body weight forward. At the same time, it’s important to remember proper arm technique. The arm on the opposite side of the lead leg, or the “lead arm,” pushes forward and literally leads the runner toward the hurdle.