Running Form, Performance and Injury: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Heiderscheit

When you modify how somebody moves, you can have a really substantial and nearly immediate overall change in their pain. Why weren’t more people doing this clinically?

This was one of the main reasons why Bryan Heiderscheit, P.T., Ph.D. of Biomechanics, decided to dedicate his research and career to runners to reduce risk of injury and improve performance through focusing on form.

Thinking about running form? Here’s why your arm swing matters

In the context of running, much of our attention is put on the lower half of our bodies with respect to what we’re doing with our feet, legs, and hips. But, there are actually some important things happening on our upper bodies that — with a little attention and help — could improve our running economy and enhance performance. In our last post, we discussed running and posture; here, we’ll talk about the importance of arm swings and how it affects our balance and stability. (hint: it actually still has a lot to do with your posture).

How to use Running for Stress Relief this Holiday Season

It’s no secret that the holiday season often brings on a downward spiral of stress and fatigue.  You might notice that you feel exhausted or frazzled as you pass by hundreds of Christmas cards and plastic-wrapped gift sets at the mall, or maybe you find yourself a little more easily angered now that the season of pumpkin spice lattes and beautiful fall colors have passed their prime.

Lumo Run Success Story: How Lumo Run has helped this user shave 30 seconds off his mile time

Guest post by Lumo Run user Jose S.

I love my new Lumo Run. It is completely unnoticeable attached to the back of my shorts. I wondered about the clip, but I forget it is there – usually until well after the run is over and I’m taking the shorts off. I’ve had zero problems with the app or syncing with my iPhone. The appearance of the app is sharp and easy to navigate. The videos and text on what the data are measuring are clear and easy to understand.

Most important though is the data it provides. I love numbers and collecting data on my runs, so I’ve purchased lots of gadgets searching for that extra bit of data that will help me improve my running. GPS, heart rate monitors, power meters, cadence, etc. With everything else, it was always initially interesting to get the data, but then what do you do with it? How do you use it to get better? This is where the Lumo Run is the best! It coaches you on which measurement needs the most work, and gives you specific drills to improve on that. The drills are short, simple, and the videos in the app make them easy to learn, but the best part is that they actually work! The first measurement it had me work on based upon my own running form was cadence. Using the drills and the voice over coaching I’m definitely getting closer to my goal, sometimes even exceeding it.

Step More, Not Far – The Dangers of Overstriding

When the goal is running faster and farther (as it is for many of us), we tend to fall into a nasty habit of controlling speed by increasing our stride length rather than increasing our step count. It is one of the most commonly seen form faux-pas for runners, and it’s also one of the most common causes of injury. Yikes! So what defines overstriding?

Dr. Jonathan Folland on Running Biomechanics

As part of the development of Lumo Run, we have partnered with the biomechanics experts over at Loughborough University in the UK to identify important biomechanical measures in running for optimized form for performance and reducing the risk of injury. Dr. Jonathan Folland is one of the lead researchers at Loughborough University with years of experience and expertise in sports science and exercise physiology. In this video, we asked him a few questions on why biomechanics is so important in running.

4 Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

If you’re a runner of any distance, you’ve probably already experienced your fair share of aches and pains in various parts of your body. Some of these aches, like sore abs or a little tenderness in your muscles after a tough run or a hard strength training workout is perfectly normal and is probably a good sign that you’re pushing yourself within your limits.

Is Your Ground Contact Time Slowing You Down?

When watching professional and elite athletes run, one thing you’ll notice, aside from their incredible speed, is that their running form makes them look like they are effortlessly gliding through the air. Look carefully and you’ll see that many of them have impressive stride lengths, very little bounce, and smooth transitions from foot to foot.

Everything You Need To Know About Pelvic Rotation

When we think of running form and improving performance and efficiency, historically our focus has been on foot strikes: forefoot, midfoot, or the controversial heel-strikes. There’ve been many studies and debates around the topic of the best way to contact the ground, and how “we’re all doing it wrong” in terms of preventing injuries, running faster, etc.

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