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Building from the Distance Foundation: Evidence & Application

Dr. Jeff Messer

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 6:30pm PT

About the Session

Consistent, cumulative aerobic and neuromuscular evolution demand the development of not only a distance runner but also a distance athlete. Specifically, such development should both minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injury and correspondingly amplify the potential to constructively accommodate progressively increasing, diverse workloads throughout the progression of a high school distance running experience.

This second presentation addresses training components that complement foundational aerobic and neuromuscular training in order to achieve and sustain the aforementioned objective. Specifically, the presentation considers running-specific resistance / ascent training, plyometric training, sleep and related ancillary training.

About the Presenter

Dr. Jeffrey I. Messer serves as department chair in exercise physiology for the Exercise Science Department at Mesa Community College. His doctoral research program emphasized exercise biochemistry with a specific research focus in skeletal muscle mitochondrial bioenergetics. Dr. Messer served as co-head coach for cross country at Xavier College Preparatory, where the earned six consecutive (2007–12) girls’ state cross country championships. In February 2013, Dr. Messer became head coach for girls’ cross country and assistant coach for track & field at Desert Vista High School. Dr. Messer was recognized by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the 2016 National Girls High School Cross Country Coach-of-the-Year.

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