Friday, February 10, 2012

Running Faster and more efficient

What athlete doesn't want to run faster.  Google Speed, Agility and Quickness and you will come across literally millions of programs to become a faster runner.  Along with becoming a faster runner, one of your goals should to be a more efficient runner.  Why is running efficiency so important?  Many injuries occur when the athlete becomes fatigued.  Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries in the female athlete is a good example of this.  It is well documented in research that ACL tears often occur at the end of a half or at the end of a game when the athlete is fatigued.

By working on your running form to improve efficiency you will be also working on your fatigue.  An efficient runner fatigues less than a non-efficient runner (result = less injuries).  And guess what else?  An efficient runner, is a FASTER runner.

Check out this video on using vertical displacement and cadence to improve your running mechanics.

Laura Ramus, PT,ATC

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