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Informal poll: how often do you spend time thinking about your running form? For the most of us, our guess is “not often, if at all”. There’s something intimidating about running form that makes it seem like it’s only relevant for professional or elite runners. But, running form is something all runners of every level should pay close attention to. Here’s why:
The truth about running form is: unless you are 1) an elite athlete with a dedicated coach, or 2) you’ve been injured before and have been working with a PT, you probably have spent little to no time considering your running form. Here’s why you should though. Good running form can help reduce the risk of future injuries and keep existing or past injuries at bay.
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 through focusing on form.
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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.
The hip flexors are a particular group of muscles that are vital to the physical functionality of every individual, from the finest athlete to ordinary folks. They comprise primarily of the iliacus and psoas major muscles that connect the femur (or thigh bone) to the pelvis, and serves to flex the thigh and trunk. Essentially, the hip flexors aid in hip flexion.
I love my new Lumo Run. It is completely unnoticeable attached to the back of my shorts. I love numbers and collecting data on my runs, so I’ve purchased lots of gadgets. With everything else, it was always initially interesting to get the data, but then what do you do with it?