Hurdle : What is it?
Hurdles consist of a horizontal beam, called a hurdle board, supported on two vertical poles at both ends, sometimes with a crossbeam near the bottom for additional support. They are usually made from aluminum, steel, or PVC tubing.
There are two types of hurdles in terms of height – ‘high’ and ‘intermediate.’ High hurdles are 42 inches high for men and 33 inches high for women. Intermediate hurdles are 36 inches high for men and 30 inches high for women. Hurdles are usually lowered by about three inches for high school and junior competitions.
Kinds of Hurdles include the following:
Elite hurdles are usually made of high-grade aluminum tubing. They can be adjusted to all standard heights using telescoping vertical poles. Some are designed to stay in the same lane when knocked over.
These are made of steel or reinforced aluminum alloys. They also have telescoping tubes for easy height adjustment. They have sharp angled bases to prevent the hurdles from falling over.
Scholastic hurdles are made from aluminum risers or lightweight PVC tubing. They are mainly used in interschool competitions and have adjustable heights. Some have curved bases that allow them to return into position when knocked down.
High school hurdles
High school hurdles are constructed from steel tubing and a PVC hurdle board. They can be set and locked to different standard heights using a push-button release. They also feature a self-righting rockered base.
Elementary hurdles are fixed at 22 inches for elementary competitions. They are usually made from lightweight aluminum and feature safety Velcro grips. Most models have self-righting bases.
|Stability: Choose a hurdle that will not get knocked over or swayed by winds. Look for a wide, steady base and risers. Hurdles that are heavier at the base than at the bar are usually more stable because they take more force to knock over.|
Self-righting: Choose a hurdle with a rockered base so that it can return upright when it falls. Choose lightweight hurdles with less rigid bars to reduce the impact of missed jumps, especially for junior and elementary hurdles.
Height adjustments: Choose a hurdle that adjusts to a wide range of heights. Look for one with preset standard heights to make sure it complies with current standards. If you will be using the hurdles mostly for training, you can also consider a practice hurdle. This will adjust to lower heights, usually below 30 inches, for interval and speed training.
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