Track and Field Equipment Needed....
Track and field events
require little equipment. The athlete simply needs a uniform which
includes a shirt and shorts worn during the events.
The diversity of this sport
complicates the purchasing of footwear and as the athlete progresses the
proper footwear is essential for optimal track and field performance.
Spikes for each event are different
in construction so high jumping spikes are not the same as shot putting
spikes. Once athletes reach high school age they will have
event-specific spikes in addition to their regular running shoes.
A beginner however should simply purchase a good pair of running shoes.
This type of shoe will provide versatility to compete in most track and
field events and is a cost-effective way to start. Be sure that
these shoes are worn just for track and field events and not to school
everyday. In addition, most
of the kids will also have a pair of spikes which may or may not be
specifically made for that event.
Events such as the shot put, discus
throw, hammer throw, weight throw, javelin throw and pole vault all
involve implements. As athletes get older they will prefer to own their
own implements whereas beginners normally use the implements provided at
the meet or by their coaches.
The main thing to consider when
buying a pair of track shoes is that they fit properly and are
comfortable. Make sure there is plenty of room for your toes in the
shoe. Always try a new pair of running shoes on at the end of the day,
when your feet are at their largest. If possible try out the shoes
by taking a short run around the store to make sure the shoes are
comfortable. Some tracks prohibit certain kinds of spikes so
check with your coach prior to your purchase.
Details on Track and Field Shoes
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If you're a sprinter or a hurdler, you know the kind of power you can
put out. Sprinting and hurdling shoes help you try to transfer as much
of this power as possible into forward momentum. They have stiff front
soles, with very little material in the heel at all, as ideal form
involves minimal heel contact. As a result, if you run a longer event,
like the 400m run or 330m hurdles, you may want to test a middle
distance shoe as well before buying. Sprint shoes tend also to have high
numbers of spikes. Be sure to check with race officials to see how many
spikes are legal to use before competing.
Jumping / Pole Vault / Javelin:
Jumping spikes are similar to sprinting spikes, but generally less
aggressively oriented toward the toe, to allow for the last second
corrections and hard landings that can be part of the jumping events.
Javelin shoes far more closely resemble jumping spikes than any other
type of shoe, due to the similar approach involved in javelin and long
jump. Javelin shoes generally have higher cuffs, though, for more
support when stopping to launch the javelin, and have soles designed for
use with heel spikes, for added traction.
Dedicated throwing shoes for discus, shot put, and hammer are different
from other track footwear in that they have no spikes. Instead, these
shoes have smooth, soft rubber soles for better execution of the spin
technique. Some models also have high cuffs for better support and more
Middle / Long Distance:
Middle distance shoes are like sprint shoes, but with more cushioning
and a more flexible sole for a natural running motion. Though different
companies recommend different events for their shoes, all middle
distance shoes are generally fine for events 400m to the mile. Longer
distance spikes come in far more varieties, from spikeless marathon
shoes, to fast-drying steeplechase models, to shoes that look almost
identical to your average pair of middle distance spikes. Because you'll
be wearing your shoes for a while in events 3,000 meters and up, take
any footwear you're interested in for a test run before buying.