Spikes for Track and Field Athletes

Track and field spikes are specialized shoes. They are not only designed for track and field but designed specifically for each individual track or field event. I have been asked where to buy track and field shoes since entering the track equipment business. First, it is important to recognize that there are different types of track shoes depending on what track and field event you participate in. At the younger ages and lower abilities it isn’t as important to have specialized track and field shoes. However, as the athletes’ ability increases it is important to purchase the appropriate footwear. Multi-event track and field athletes have several pairs of track shoes, generally speaking one for each event. There are spike shoes for hurdling, mid-distance, multi-purpose, pole vault/long jump/ triple jump, high jump, distance, sprint, and javelin. At the upper levels appropriate footwear is critical.

Each different track shoe is designed for a specific purpose.

Sprint shoes are made for distances between 100m to 400m sprints. They generally have spikes only on the front half of the shoe, from the arch forward. They are very lightweight.

Hurdle spikes are used for those athletes that have chosen to sprint while jumping hurdles. They are flexible and designed to help cushion the athlete as they “land” after having jumped the hurdle.

Mid-distance shoes are used in the 800m to one mile race. They usually have a small cushion in the heel and are built sleeker than those built for distance.

Distance spikes are used in 3000m to 10,000m races. These athletic shoes usually have fewer spikes in the bottom of the shoe and more cushioning to handle the impact over a longer distance.

Pole vault/long jump/triple jump shoes they are designed to allow the athlete to jump well while still able to run fast in the run up.

High jump spikes have spikes on both the toe and the heel. They are the only track and field shoe that has spikes on the heel other than javelin shoe.

Javelin shoes are a heavier shoe with spikes that cover the whole bottom of the track shoe. The spikes can be as long as 1″ in length.

Multi-purpose spikes are low end mid-distance spikes. They are meant for athletes to generally wear during practice.

Spikes are metal “points” screwed into the bottom of the athletes spike shoes. They range in length from 1/8″ to 1″ in length. There are 5 different types of spikes.

Tartan spikes – Are used for rubber tracks and look like a dull needle.

Compression Spikes – (X-mas Tree) – they look like a Christmas tree and are used on rubber and tartan surfaces. They are used to help the athlete to avoid their shoes sticking into the track.

Studs – (Blanks) – These are used on indoor tracks and have no spike on them.

Needle – (Slim) – Needle spikes are used on all weather tracks and 3/16 ” is generally the recommended length. This allows for good traction while allowing for the athlete to still “release” from the track surface while running.

Pyramid – These are used on dirt or grass surfaces and can range up to 1″ in javelin spike shoes.

There are many places that sell track and field spikes. One place an athlete can purchase spike shoes is at your local “Foot Locker” or such stores. However, online shopping is becoming increasingly popular. Therefore, here is a short list of some of the online “stores” everythingtrackandfield, roadrunnersports, vsatheltics (which

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Wii Sports Gaming Guide – Be Sure to Get a Winning Strike!

For a game that you get as complementary with the Wii, you would maybe expect it to be a little lacking, or so simple that it is ‘simply boring’. Well, if you have a Wii, you will know that Wii Sports is far from dull. It’s actually great fun, and it’s still one of my favourite games for the Wii.

Wii Sports is so simple that anybody can play it. Whether you’re 3 or 103, you are bound to love this game. The onscreen gameplay instructions are really clear, anybody can do it! What’s more, when you play Wii Sports, you really get a feel of being in the bowling alley or tennis court for real. The sound effects and scenery details are pretty authentic, making the whole casual gaming experience much more fun!

For the Baseball, Tennis and Boxing games, the game is played by the hand and arm movements that you make whilst holding the Wiimote and/or nunchuck. For the Bowling and Golf games, you will also need to make the movements that you would if you were playing the games ‘for real’, coupled with one or two presses on the Wiimote buttons. It’s as easy as 123.

Savvy Tip!

Are you having trouble getting strikes in Wii Sports Bowling? Does your bowling ball always drift to the left or to the right even though you are sure that you bowled it straight? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. The best way to get more strikes is to put some spin on your ball. Try aiming your ball to the left if it usually drifts to the right, and vice versa. Experiment with putting spin on your bowling ball by twisting your wrist slightly. Try it, and see what happens. It should improve your scores, and wow your Wii friends at the same time as you become a Wii Sports expert!

Savvy Tip 2!

To serve those winning aces in Wii Sports tennis, try to hit the ball when it is at the highest point in the air. That way you should be able to achieve a power serve that will leave your opponent dumbfounded. Power serves are really difficult to return, so they are a great way to win the game!

Happy Wii’ing!

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