couplerunningformWhat Is Correct Running Form?
by ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute

Tid Bits of Info.

  • Forefoot striking appears to reduce the frequency of lower extremity injuries due to increased muscle action upon landing.
  • Running outside vs a treadmill at the same pace, the outside runner will burn more calories due air resistance.
  • The average man has enough energy stored in his fat to run continuously for 3 days.
  • Runners come in all ages, the oldest marathon finisher is 101 years old and the youngest has completed 48 marathons before his 5th birthday.
  • If you suffer an injury from running, seek the advice and treatment from a Physical Therapist.

People of all ages enjoy running. This popular cardiovascular exercise not only improves health, it can reduce stress, make you more confident, and even help overcome depression. If you watch people run, you’ll notice different forms that runners use when they are “on a run.” Healthcare professionals are often asked, “What is the best or perfect form to use when running?” There might not be a perfect answer, but there are several factors to consider prior to helping someone choose a particular running form.

A person that wants to run or change the current running form should consider the following questions:

  • Have I avoided injuries?
  • How fast do I want or need to run?
  • What distance do I want to complete when I run?

The answers to these questions help to determine how the patient will stride and land. Shorter races or runs and faster speeds require a faster step rate, aggressive arm swing, higher leg lift and land on the forefoot.  To read more…

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