Training Tip 5/6/11: Running from the ground up
Running form, no matter what speed, begins with dorsiflexion. Dorsiflexion means pulling the toes up during the running stride. Keeping the toes up allows the forefoot to act like a spring, propelling the foot off the ground after contact. Ground contact occurs at the back of the ball of the foot near the front of the arch. Dorsiflexion is a practiced movement till it becomes reflexive. Altering form will result in less impact on the joints as a more forward running position requires muscular absorption of ground reactive force.
Jaime Gamache M.Ed., CSCS, is Owner and Head Strength Coach of The Way Human Performance Institute ( www.thewayhpi.com and www.facebook.com/pages/The-Way-Human-Performance-Institute/117742824954659 )