The topic of running mechanics should be front and center for any runner. Plain and simple, it’s important to include supplemental strategies to positively impact your running. At the same time, focus needs to be on optimizing running form and mechanics to express these improvements and see the best long-term results.
Over the years, there has been much debate on what constitutes “proper” running form. In my opinion, since all runners possess different anatomy, biomechanics, and injury history, a one-size-fits-all approach cannot apply in this area. Instead, understanding the needs of your body and modifying running form accordingly will create the most lasting impact. Whether that be increasing speed or reducing the likelihood of injury, understanding the current research will put you on the best path for success.
In this webinar, I presented on the topic of Running Mechanics by thoroughly reviewing the research. It’s my hope that you will use this information to make the necessary modifications that fit your situation specifically.
What you’ll learn is…
- The research behind the demands of running, including range of motion & peak muscle requirements
- Current research on foot strike – Is one strike pattern better than another?
- Stride length – How to correct overstriding and restore push-off
- Pronation – Why this is normal but what happens when overpronating
- Contralateral pelvic drop – Poor pelvic control and how it correlates to stability and performance
- Vertical oscillation – Increased loads and forces associated with being too “bouncey”
- Cadence – The low hanging fruit in the running world
I hope you enjoy this webinar! Comment below or contact me directly if you have any questions or comments regarding running mechanics. And, if you want to implement the best strategies to improve your running, click here to learn more about the Healthy Running Program.
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART