Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Overstriding Slows Sprinters Down

Overstriding by sprinters is one of the most common sprinting mistakes.

When you overstride, your heel lands first with your foot well ahead of your body's center of gravity. This causes "braking" and slows you down. Its also a good way to get injured. The heel should never touch the ground when you sprint.

MAKE SURE YOUR FEET LAND UNDER YOUR HIPS (your center of gravity) and you'll improve your running speed! You'll generate more power running this way.

Apply more force to the ground with your feet! This sprinting technique is often overlooked. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The more force you apply to the ground, the more the ground will "give you power."

When you run, don't lift your knee past your "thigh being parallel" to the ground. This way, you will use your "power center" (mainly glutes and hamstrings) to apply force to the ground instead of the less powerful hip flexors. In other words, running "with high knees" is not the best way to run! Also, step over the opposite knee and drive the foot down into the ground to create maximum force.

When the foot leaves the ground, it should follow a path straight up to the buttocks. It should not flail from side to side.

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