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A Blog by Doug Logan

The Young Money Ship

Thursday, June 24, 2010

". . . making sure the Young Money ship is never sinking. . ."

Every time I hear the hip-hop phenom Drake sing those words in "Over [Thank Me Now]", I suspect he is reading from the job descriptions of several of my most recent employment agreements. Central to the development of a nucleus of world-class performers in any sport is getting enough money to a group of young ones to sustain them through their formative years. Call it "the Young Money ship".

Thirteen years ago, Major League Soccer, together with Nike, created a program called Project 40, in which the league identified and financially supported top young soccer players. We were shooting to get 40 athletes in the program, and we included athletes as young as 16, which made me a bit of a pariah in the corridors of the NCAA offices. Those players, it was hoped, could potentially bring a World Cup championship to the United States in 2010.

Those seeds that we planted all those years ago have seemed to germinate and take root. Of the 23 athletes on the 2010 World Cup squad, I believe some 14 or 15 at one time participated in and received development stipends out of the Project 40 fund.

The results on the playing fields of South Africa have begun to galvanize the American public and make them something the pundits said they would never be: soccer fans. Wednesday against Algeria, the U.S. squad rushed down the field in the 91st minute and, in a precision attack, Landon Donovan scored in storybook fashion. I was reminded of the negotiations with Donovan and his mom to try to get him into Project 40 as a schoolboy. He ultimately signed with a German club but wound up returning home within a year.

A bit over 18 months ago, USATF convened a task force to evaluate our high performance programs and chart a course to better support our athletes and improve Team USA's medal count in Olympic and World Championship competition. At the 2008 USATF Annual Meeting, that group took on the name Project 30. Our stated goal was 30 Clean Medals in London.

Given that I was the commissioner of MLS when we created Project 40, I thought I wouldn't offend myself to plagiarize it in creating a Project 30 athlete-development program for USATF.

A system that leaves these athletes to their own devices as they attempt to cobble together coaching, access to medical and physio service, biomechanical evaluation and other sport science is not a system. It's a free-for all that leaves most athletes with significantly less than a total package. Most consider themselves fortunate just to be able to pay bills and have access to a coach.

So, on Wednesday afternoon in Des Moines, we unveiled our Project 30 Class of 2010 , as well as a new USATF High Performance Web site and expanded athlete-support programs. With financial backing from Nike, Project 30 funds are supporting 31 athletes this year alone, and we will spend more than $4 million over four years to help fill the gaps that keep athletes from maximizing their potential. Although some of these funds are going to veterans, it is largely "the Young Money ship".

You can't do much without money, but throwing money at a problem is not enough. In the last several months, USATF's High Performance Department, under the leadership of Chief of Sport Performance Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, has put into place many new or expanded programs that directly benefit athletes. They are detailed in Wednesday's press release, but the one I am particularly keen on is our Sport Science Workshops.

The first of these workshops was held earlier this month in Dallas and brought together sprinters, hurdlers, coaches, physiologists, psychologists, nutritionists and other folks with lots of educational degrees. For the first time, in a systemized way, USATF brought not just science, but applied science, to our athletes. If you think it is overkill, just ask Ron Artest about what a solid application of psychology can do for an athlete.

When I was first hired at USATF, as I was making an inventory of our assets, I asked a great many people the question "What's the American edge?" I heard a lot of things including our nutrition, our coaching, our facilities, the collegiate network and our sports science. I came to find out that in many cases this science was not working itself down to the coach/athlete level. We had a lot of scholars with advanced degrees publishing a lot of fancy papers, but the rubber was not hitting the road.

Applied science means instead of just telling coaches about it during a weekend-long gabfest, or locking athletes in a room and showing them film, we are digging in and doing comprehensive analysis, correction and teaching, right there on the track. It is a "learn by doing" experience.

Veteran coach Al Hobson was part of the Workshop in Dallas, and he spoke with the press in Des Moines on Wednesday how he and his athletes benefitted from the experience. To hear him tell it, the Workshop literally saved the legs of one of his athletes and taught another that he was "doing everything wrong." Coach Hobson is a walking billboard for why these programs will work. He added publicly to the press," I learned more in one day than I had in 4 or 5 other coaching clinics combined". For the first time in his decades of coaching, he could take what was being talked about and apply it to his athletes in real time, with no stone unturned. It was integrated and individualized.

The only global sporting event bigger than the World Cup is the Olympic Games. In two years, in London, we will discover not if we have any Landon Donovans among our first crop of Project 30 athletes, but how many. A few of them, I suspect, may call Al Hobson "coach."

COMMENTS
Soccer players can't make a living as individuals. Runners can. Not the best mental framework to be using, despite Mr. Logan's experience.
Posted by: Scott Douglas on 6/24/2010 10:46:56 AM PT
I commend USATF for supporting their athletes, because as you noted too often it is cluster trying to get to the games, let alone proper consideration for the activities once an athlete makes it. In review though, I do not think USATF has gone far enough to include the potential elite athletes or emerging elite athletes that we need to develop. There are many college graduates with the capability of becoming the next olympian, but lack the resources to deveote their time to do so. How will USATF move beyond 2012 (which is extremely short sighted) and look at 2016, 2020, etc? The ability for athletes to obtain support between college and elite is the gap our sport needs to address.
Posted by: Jason Shimko on 6/24/2010 10:51:49 AM PT
Trevor Barron has finished 4th & 9th in the last 2 World Championship race walking events, yet was not included in this group of athletes. A medal in race walking is the same color as that of the 400m. Was this another Nike decision to once again rebuff the attempt to support race walking in the US, as has been commonplace since they first signed as official USATF sponsor.
Posted by: Michael J. Roth on 6/24/2010 11:13:43 AM PT
I agree, targeting 2012 is very short-sighted. In fact the average age of the athletes on this "Young Money Ship" is 26 years old!
Posted by: Chris on 6/24/2010 11:54:46 AM PT
Michael - The reason Trevor Barron was left off the list might be because he was too young. Trevor was born 9/30/1992. There isn't a single athlete in the bunch of 30 born in the 90's. The youngest 3 athletes on the list were born 1989, 1989 & 1988.
Posted by: Chris on 6/24/2010 12:01:43 PM PT
This all sounds great, but most of the money being spent is on areas the US has already been pretty strong in. In last months T&FN Sieg Linstrom wrote a great article on the downfall of the technical events in the US. Except for field events that draw from speed (LJ & TJ) we have been progressively worse in the throws and jumps, except the shot. Yet there is no concerted effort to start and build a group for the future in these events, just hope for the lucky appearance of a Breaux Greer- who I was told by USATF higher ups to ignore when I was in charge of javelin development for USATF. Glad I ignored that one. Until we in the US start to use the successful models other countries have used over many decades we'll keep crying and moaning about this rather than starting a talent identifying and technical development program to produce quality throwers and jumpers, not just by hope or luck! We need to invest in the future athletes as much or more than the current world class athletes who have gotten all of the Project 30 funds.
Posted by: Jeff Gorski on 6/24/2010 5:57:57 PM PT
Clarifying above post... I ignored USATF honchos, not Breaux!
Posted by: Jeff Gorski on 6/24/2010 5:59:29 PM PT
Chris, If age was the criteria used to not fund an athlete in the top 10 in the World, then those behind the decision making process should have their heads examined. This athlete will be in London, Brazil & probably wherever the OG are hosted in 2020. What a brilliant way to show how much you support him when he is already Podium potential.
Posted by: Michael J. Roth on 6/24/2010 6:25:09 PM PT
Great post by Jeff Gorski. Why was our 229' discus thrower left off the money train? What about our newest 72' shotputter? Where's the equity in the distribution? There's a great discussion on the folly of the USATF at effortlesstrow.org. Spool back to June 22-23 to find some great posts by familiar names, athletes and coaches, on the ridiculous format for nationals regarding the throws. It's clear that the USATF is more than happy to sacrafice excellent performance for some arbitrary meet management format. Performances suffer as a result. It's clear that the USATF beleives the athletes exist for them, not the USATF existing for the athletes. The USATF has hit on, and is implementing, a sure fire way to kill development. Someone should be reminded that without excellent athletes in all events, we all suffer.
Posted by: Don Bailey on 6/25/2010 6:19:46 AM PT
Mr Logan I agree with your concept of Project 30, it is a good idea and in the end helps athletes out. What I dont agree with is the way athletes are chosen, you discriminate against older runners who by far are more talented than these younger runners u expect to get medals from. Please all I ask is that you don't count runners 29 and up out. If you look at the medal count in past Olympics we still make a difference. Project 30 should be for all athletes, white/black/young/old. I want a chance like all others!
Posted by: a veteran runner on 6/25/2010 8:50:41 AM PT
Seems like you are patting yourself on the back over this, yet I see Nike dropping athletes left and right, and the majority of athletes on this list are athletes that were already sponsored by Nike. There are a few new names on the list, mostly athletes that would have been picked up anyway, but I don't think they counterbalance the number of athletes that have been dropped in the past year or two. If you really want to help athletes, and maximize your chances for medals in 2012, you should be actively encouraging a wide range of companies to sponsor individual athletes. I applied for a corporate sponsorship for an athlete I was sponsoring a few years ago, and it was a difficult and expensive process. Here are some concrete ideas of ways you can encourage more companies to sponsor athletes: - USATF should have an easy to access web page for new corporate sponsors to find out more information about how to sponsor athletes and how to register with USATF as such. - USATF should waive any fees for sponsors who are sponsoring less than 5 athletes. Or charge a per-athlete fee of $5-$20. When I applied, the price was the same for Nike as it was for me. - USATF should actively be encouraging their all of their sponsors to consider individual athlete sponsorships, not just Nike. - USATF should offer financial incentives to their sponsors in exchange for those sponsors offering individual sponsorships. For example, let's say Hershey pays $500,000/year to be a big USATF sponsor. USATF could tell Hershey that if they spend $50,000 on athletes they could be a USATF sponsor for $475,000, or something like that. - USATF should offer financial support to its elite development clubs, as long as it is proven that the money is going directly to increase the amount of athlete support that club offers. Doug, look at USATF results from 20-30 years ago. There used to be corporate sponsors from all sectors of society, like Honda, Mazda, Foot Locker, ATT, etc...
Posted by: Pole Vault Power on 6/25/2010 10:13:08 AM PT
My son is interested in the javelin, and dec. There are no coaches or programs in California. I would have to pay literally thousands of dollars to get him to camps in New Jersey. For the last three Great Recession years he has remained frustrated because while he qualifies for nationals, we are deprived of going because of the cost. So, this year as things improve I gave him the choice - pay $2000. to compete in Illinois or buy himself a car. We all know the answer to that. Without opportunity to compete, he can't even get into a decent track university. Spend the money on teens who suffer toxic and dysfunctional high school sports programs, especially in California, not on college graduates who have had their spot in the sun.
Posted by: Michael Dean on 6/25/2010 11:45:18 AM PT
My problem lies mostly with established, proven individuals getting additional funding..to do what? I would argue that giving money to NON medal winners might be a better place to start. Reese Hoffa, Two-time USA Outdoor champion (07, 08); 2007 World Outdoor champion; 2006 World Indoor champion; 2008 World Indoor silver medalist; 2006 USA Indoor champion; 2004 World Indoors silver medalist; 2003 Pan Am Games gold medalist; Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up (06, 09); Two-time USA Indoor runner-up (04, 05, 07).a pretty impressive list of accomplishments. How does Resse board the young money ship? The guys been competing professionally since 2003, has a number of international championship medals.if he doesnt have enough money at this point.its probably his own fault. David Payne, 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist; 2007 & 2009 World Outdoor bronze medalist; 2007 Pan Am Games silver medalist; 2009 USA Outdoor champion; 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials; 4th at 2007 USA Outdoors.again, in the same boat as Reese here. The guy has an Olympic games Silver medal, a PR of 13.02 (top 20 ALL-TIME), and multiple international wins, places, etc. How does it make sense to give him money over someone who absolutely cannot pay the bills and will probably never end up getting to a US trials because of it. Brad Walker, The American Outdoor record holderENOUGH SAID!!!!; 2007 World Outdoor champion; 2006 World Indoor champion; 2008 World Indoor silver medalist; 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist; 3-time USA Outdoor Champion (05, 07, 09); 3-time USA Indoor champion (05, 06, 08); 2-time NCAA Indoor champion; 2-time Pac-10 champion. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How is Brad in need of money? With that list of achievements and an American record under his belt? Gimme a break.
Posted by: In The Know on 6/25/2010 12:29:53 PM PT
Most of the comments are valid. However, peel the onion back a layer or two and it's quite easy to understand the decisions. First, the older proven athletes are USATF veteran free agents. You want to win a Superbowl? You'll need a few veterans to make it happen. Those on the list like Reese Hoffa and Stephanie Brown-Trafton will give back multiple times more than what they are given, educating and inspiring younger athletes. Nike is footing the bill. Hence, capitalism requires they be Nike athletes. This is unfortunate as athletes like Maggie Vessey, Sharon Day, and Jenny Barringer do not qualify for the program because they are not "Nike" athletes. Should sponsor be added to the non-discriminating list, race, gender, age? Surely USATF or USOC can find money from another basket to help non Nike athletes. All said, it is a great program and results will grow beyond 2012 and help lay a foundation to build on. The long term benefit is showing our youth that one can earn a living by being the fastest, highest/longest jumper, or strongest athlete in the neighborhood, and have the freedom to pursue being the best in the world!
Posted by: Billy Smith on 6/25/2010 2:12:59 PM PT
Off point but I must state my disappointment in the lack of blogging since April. I am looking forward to info on new sponsors and access to recent fiscal reports, tax returns, etc. Why aren't 2009 financials and 990s posted yet? I feel like an investor in USATF (albeit $30 at a time) so I want to see how "we" are doing.
Posted by: Rich on 6/25/2010 2:20:49 PM PT
I agree, about non-medal winners who are over 29 years old not getting any help. I can speak for myself and others. Some athletes have dreams of making the Olympic team or World Cup team, but having a hard time. Some of us been running for years and may have not been super stars in high school and college. But as we gotten older we see ourseleves improve in our events. But then we realizes that we are not making enough money or have the time to compete because of our jobs. It cost to train and to travel to different meets. And it seems that no matter who you meet and network with they never come through. If u are not running blazing times, they will turn their back on you. And I don't think that's fair. Or maybe we are running into the wrong people. Please USATF Project 30 help those who are really hungry in the sport and really need the help young and old or else some of us will give up because its too exspensive to keep trying.
Posted by: Edwin Shannon on 6/25/2010 4:45:51 PM PT
"I came to find out that in many cases this science was not working itself down to the coach/athlete level. We had a lot of scholars with advanced degrees publishing a lot of fancy papers, but the rubber was not hitting the road." At least those 'scholars with advanced degrees' publishing their 'fancy papers' were putting information out for people to read. What outlets have/do USATF provide? Its the same old faces attending the annual education meeting, so how does the information get distributed. Where are the grass roots or development education programs. How are the coaches who first find these talented youngsters supposed to learn. How many coaches read coaching or sports science publications? How many coaches or sports scientists write articles to be distributed to the athletic community. The greatest teachers in the world cannot do much without a classroom - where is their classroom? Students need to want to learn as much as teachers want to teach. "Applied science means instead of just telling coaches about it during a weekend-long gabfest, or locking athletes in a room and showing them film, we are digging in and doing comprehensive analysis, correction and teaching, right there on the track." This is a step in the right direction, but if it is only applied to the elite athletes the rich will continue to stay rich and the poor will get poorer. Developing athletes would probably benefit more from this kind of assistance because they have a greater capacity to improve.
Posted by: a.scholar on 6/25/2010 6:48:11 PM PT
USATF certification classes need to be more afforable and more detailed with correct answers for training athlete. Why did you stop the video class that USA track and field education programs use to record in Frisco Co?
Posted by: Michael Dillard on 6/26/2010 8:22:21 AM PT
I suspect Doug"s intentions with Nike were sincere but they played him like a fool. Why wouldn't Nike cut contracted athletes and then force usat&f to use their funds to resign them? We are used to his tired hyperbole and music anecdotes (how many paragraphs did he waste before mentioning track?). I just want real facts and info - was there an objective criteria and was it published?
Posted by: Coach Elliott on 6/26/2010 1:20:40 PM PT
Rich, we are just now getting our audited financials back from our auditing firm. They, and our full 2009 Annual Report, will be online soon.
Posted by: Jill Geer on 6/26/2010 6:12:24 PM PT
While the idea of giving the money to younger athletes as in high school or college athletes seems like a good idea to some here and I understand the benefits of doing such, it would not work out, because I believe if those athletes received money or special benefits from USATF/Nike then that would be against the rules for most high school sports and against NCAA rules. If these athletes wish to compete in college, which typically is a good step towards their elite development, then they cannot receive money or extra benefits for being an athlete b/c that would make them professionals and not amateurs. USATF could help the younger athletes by setting up developmental clinics around the country which would not violate NCAA or HS rules. While investing in youth is essential to US track winning on the international level, I think they should not discriminate by age, b/c there are several "older" athletes out there with potential as well. I do overall like that USATF recognizes that the US needs to better support its elite post-collegiate athletes if we are to rise to the top of the international scene. There are several youth and adult recreational run clubs around the country, but not a whole lot of post-collegiate track clubs besides elite training clubs. I think it would help the US to start up some track clubs around the country for adults that aren't necessarily super elite. This would give post-collegians who are good, but not sponsor-worthy good the chance to train with other quality post-collegians and compete, and maybe some of these athletes will develop to actually be really good. These clubs would not necessarily need to provide financial assistance to any of their members, but rather just offer a team to train with and a coach possibly. I believe Europe has adult track clubs which I believe contributes to track and field's popularity and success there.
Posted by: Megan on 6/27/2010 9:56:03 AM PT
Not opposed to the project 30 per se. I'd just like to see our governing body shift it's focus overall. The Olympic Games has dramatically slowed the move to professionalize our sport. Now that money is accepted, we're continuing to hitch our wagon to the Olympics. We really need to get on with hardcore promotions of our sport inside the United States. Lets please abandon the "number one track team in the world" stuff, and dig into promoting the professional aspects of our sport.
Posted by: Marshall Burt on 6/27/2010 4:01:49 PM PT
Lets make the sport promotions moves that the NFL made in the 1970's, and the NBA in the 1990's. We have the product. We have our version of a 16 game season. We have our version of Bird, Magic, and Michael. Lets abandon our obsession with the "Dream Team" at the Olympic Games, and think a lot bigger. Our sport deserves nothing less.
Posted by: Marshall Burt on 6/27/2010 4:07:18 PM PT
A personal message to Doug. This is a blast from your past.Congratulations on your achievements, a million miles from the Rockford Metro Center days. Doug, if you get this I have a question I have been wanting to ask for many years.
Posted by: Dennis on 6/28/2010 6:05:49 AM PT
The Drake Relays, a cultural staple in Iowa, has sold out 45 straight years. And Drake Stadium will host the NCAA Championships for the second time in four years next season. But the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships was the biggest meet in the 85-year-old horseshoe's history, and the results were mixed. The 14,000-seat stadium rarely appeared more than half full throughout the scorching weekend while yesterday's final session drew only 7,437. Officials announced the four-day attendance at 32,048. Congratulations on your achivements, Doug!
Posted by: DoctorDave on 6/28/2010 3:08:38 PM PT
Time for Track people to realize our sports culture has changed. All you hear about is the sport is an individual sport.Look at the competition Drake University faced at the USA Championships.Over 1 billion people tuned in for the World Soccer Championships during the same time.Track may call itself an individual sport, but today's fans,and the media are not..Time for track to realize society has changed and sport depends upon the society in which it exists.The model now used is beginning to destroy the sport in the elementary and middle schools in America..Sport sociolgist will tell us we have moved from an agrarian to a urban society and from an individualistic to a plural society..Do not expect one person to make a big change in the direction the sport is going. It will take alot of community action teams across the nation to make an impact, but it's possible.Nothing opened my eyes more than talking to New Orleans Saint's Fans. In 1965 Peter, Paul and Mary wrote a song titled, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone"...Long time passing?...Long time ago? At the end of each verse it asks the question; "Oh, when will they ever learn"? Time to develop an emotional connection between the athletes and the fans and become part of the Modern Sports Culture..
Posted by: Bob Fraley on 6/29/2010 5:10:38 AM PT
slow motion replay on a 20 lap race that was won by 60 meters? Next year's event will most likely be on ESPN3-online only.
Posted by: paul friedenbach on 6/29/2010 2:12:09 PM PT
Sounds like the sport of professional golf no longer draws massive television ratings as well as in-person fan support.
Posted by: Marshall Burt on 7/3/2010 2:45:58 PM PT
Once again, American TV coverage didn't fail to disappoint. Tom Hammond, plain and simple, is a hack. This man sounds like he is having mini-strokes on-air, as he constantly stops and starts, stops and starts, during his (ahum) commentary. When going through the competitors in the women's 800, nobody in the booth thought to mention that Maggie Vessey, the surprise winner of last year's race, was even in the field! That she was near the back throughout, was after the fact. The men's 5000 meters was again, broken up by a commercial, with 6 laps remaining. This after, repeatedly breaking away from the race to cover field events. Nothing wrong with showing field events, but when a distance run is being contested at fabled Hayward Field, how about showing it some respect and do it without interruption.
Posted by: joe on 7/3/2010 2:54:36 PM PT
Doug I am not a big fan of yours but i must commend you on the efforts to bring science to the coaches and athlets.But,my critiques are two-fold .USATF services and help becomes a matter of who you know too too often .Why couldnt we have made specific criteria(times and distance standards)witha corresponding award .that way as the athlete trains he or she has a specific goal to achieve support without the same od people that never seem to leave the hearchy of usatf deciding who they like based on their own preference. There would then be a running tab online with the moneyy still available for the coming year. Your project 30 project 30 is really Nike Project 30 onece again you have brought no new sponsors to this organization and thet is where we can thrive. we need to allow our athletes to get sponsored by companies who dont sponsor USATF as long as they pay a fee and we need to allow athletes to sho those sponsors on their tanks just like NASCAR. and for those who dont like it well, too bad these people are trying to earn a living.im sure there are pleanty of people wo would support their local athletes who dont have any thing to do with USATF it would give the individual athlete athe opportunity to get other relationships outside of the shoe comapany. you hamper athletes lives when you dont give a locl sponsor like a supermarket or a small retailer the chance to cheer its own. I think the science related help can be set up so that athletes are aided based on performance autimatically . Id like to hear what happens to the athlete who doesnt have a NIke contract where is their Project 30 .there are plenty of people on clothing only contracts with no salary or just performance based contracts . what happens to them?
Posted by: Patrick on 7/4/2010 7:40:23 AM PT
Our sports culture hasnt changed . those in charge of every sport have gotten smarter and craftier whle we hold on to things that hiner our athletes from thriving .Remember years ago when Rochelle Stevens raised 50000 dollars just from local sponsors ? we need to incentivize that and help that instead we make it harder for companies to help our athletes .Relax the tank space requirements and your rules taht companies must also sponsor USATF promote entrepeneurship
Posted by: patrick on 7/4/2010 7:46:11 AM PT
The Young Money ship also needs an audience - these are recent attendance numbers compiled by a self-described "super fan" - data USATF needs to maintain and publish annually: http://track-superfan.blogspot.com/2010/07/2010-attendance-report.html
Posted by: Jane Runner on 7/5/2010 9:32:16 PM PT
How can Caster Semenya be cleared by IAAF to compete as a woman? This makes our sport look like a joke - they are idiots and have no courage.
Posted by: Jane Runner on 7/6/2010 9:22:20 AM PT
Sport business and sport promotions aspects of LeBron James choosing a team. The NBA has to be very happy. Having a situation land in their lap, expanding a star athlete's name recognition to non-fans of the sport, the main requirement for expanding a sport's fan base. Track & field can learn from this episode of Sport Promotions 101. The main requirement for expanding the sport's fan base in United States is to expand name recognition of track athletes among non-fans of the sport.
Posted by: Marshall Burt on 7/8/2010 6:21:08 PM PT
I agree that USATF needs to assist high school runners. Instead, I see USATF "nickle and dime-ing" hs runners/families to death at national jo competitions. Now, they're even charging for kids/coaches to review race footage from jo nats...at $10 for each race! How about setting up some "host an athlete" programs for national events, so families don't have to spend $500-$1000 for housing alone while attending a week long national event? That would not violate high school/ncaa rules, if a local track club finds families to host visiting athletes. We're sitting here in our tent at JO Nationals, camping 30 miles away, and it still costs us several thousand dollars to get here, pay expenses. In this economic era, not all families of promising athletes can afford such expenses.
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Posted by: Kendra Townsent on 11/21/2011 4:20:50 AM PT
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