| Article written on April 28th, 2016 at 01:55pm | Follow Garrett on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram |
One thing we need to realize is that running is not a basic movement pattern. It is further along the developmental continuum than most people realize. All that means is it is an activity that needs to be progressed to properly. With that being said, most people often make the leap into running to achieve their fitness goals, complete their first half marathon, or whatever else the reason, without first checking off the boxes in the progression.
Implementing a locomotion series will provide a beneficial neuromuscular stimulus to prepare the body for running. With an often over-emphasis on the need for strength, creating an efficient nervous system is of the utmost importance. It’s that connection between brain and soft-tissue that leads to fluid movement, optimal timing and stride frequency, and success as a runner. Yes, strength, power, and endurance all play a role. But by themselves, they have limited carryover unless we have the neuromuscular component down.
As I progress my athletes through the locomotion series, I emphasize good running form. That means an upright posture, good arm swing, and sound lower body alignment; with a soft, yet explosive foot contact. All of these things are essential throughout the running cycle.
In follow-up to Chris Wolfe’s 2-part video series, locomotion is a much needed next step to bridge the gap in effectively using the great toe in the running cycle. Once we have re-established proper function from a mobility, strength, and neuromuscular standpoint, emphasizing an elastic and powerful push-off is crucial.
Watch the video below to learn more…
[Question of the day] Try skipping around your house… Notice any difficulty or awkwardness completing this movement? Leave your comment below.
By: Garrett McLaughlin, MS, ATC, CSCS, ART