Recently I provided video of myself running to Run Smart Online for an analysis of my technique.
While the below thoughts and considerations are based on my own movements and weaknesses, there is much that you can learn about running form by watching the videos. It’s likely you’ll learn something new that you can apply to yourself!
Consider swimming or tennis for a moment. Early on the students are taught technique for healthy and economic movement. Yet when you think about new runners it’s quite rare movement is taught. While we may be morn to run, you can still learn and improve how you run.
Why Get a Form Analysis?
If you want to run faster, further, healthier, a running gait analysis will likely benefit you. This is not meant for only elites, anyone seeking these running goals can improve their movement patterns.
How Does a Form Analysis Work?
They always involve three things.
Preferably you or the PT will record you running on a treadmill. Next they slow down the footage as you’ll see in the below videos look for a few things, primarily:
What did I learn from my gait analysis?
Bits of Knowledge
I also pulled some good one-liners from Pat in the video.
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