ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio's track and field program is set to host two upcoming track and field camps led by Bobcat head coaches, assistant coaches, and collegiate athletes. These specialized camps aim to educate, equip, and enable track and field athletes of all ages to maximize their performances.
"We are excited to offer multiple track and field events aimed at educating and enabling track and field athletes to improve their training, recovery, and performances," said Ian Klein, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and assistant coach for the Ohio University women's and men's track programs. "Our staff has worked with runners, sprinters, jumpers, and throwers for many years and have led them to success. These clinics and camps bring that expertise and knowledge to you."
The two events offer similar, but different opportunities.
The first spring clinic is open to sprinters and distance athletes of all abilities. These athletes will receive a running form video analysis, running form instruction, CORE stability assessment, dynamic warm-up instruction, informational sessions tailored specifically to sprinters or distance runners, and the chance to partake in fun-natured competitive races and field events.
The Ohio University Track and Field Spring Clinic is open to any athlete nine years or older. The clinic will take place at the Ohio University Goldsberry Track, but with the possible inclement weather, the clinic will move to Walter Fieldhouse Indoor Track. Pre-register online for $30 or sign up the day of the clinic for $35. Group rates are available for three or more athletes from the same school.
The second clinic is a summer camp that features an entire day of individualized and group instruction from Ohio's track and field head coach Clay Calkins, assistant coach Nick Pero and other coaching staff. Event areas offered will include sprints, hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus, mid-distance, and distance. Campers will receive information regarding nutrition and event specific training tips including video.
The Ohio University Track and Field Summer Camp is open to anyone entering grades 7-12. The camp will take place at the Ohio University Track and Field Complex. The camp fee is $100 and group rates are available for three or more athletes from the same school.
Unique to these Ohio track and field clinics and camps is the opportunity for state of the art exercise science and biomechanics testing. Campers are encouraged to sign up for the separate VO2 Max Testing session. This test will measure athletes' maximal ability to consume oxygen and various thresholds that can predict your running potential and optimal training zones. This session will be led by Klein, who specializes in fitness testing for distances runners and has performed hundreds of VO2 max tests.
Dr. Robert Wayner, DPT, who has worked with elite, collegiate and recreational runners at Ohio and Oregon will also offer his full-scale biomechanical analysis that utilizes nine 3-D cameras, a force plate treadmill, and analysis software. Both the VO2 Max Testing and Gait Lab Testing are available at an additional cost for those interested.
The spring clinic will be held on March 18 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The summer camp will be held on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up soon! For more information such as what to bring, what to wear, staff biographies, check-in times and much more, please visit https://camps.jumpforward.com/ohiotrackandfield or contact Nick Pero at firstname.lastname@example.org.