07 May '13, 7am

Plyometric Training For Runners

Plyometric Training For Runners

As runners, the various major muscle groups of our lower body have important roles to play. Not just in terms of lengthening and contracting to absorb forces and generate movement at joints. Also important is the ability to utilize their elastic properties, along with their tendons, to store and release energy passively. In runners, an element of the propulsion in running gait should come from these muscles acting like tightly coiled springs. Let’s consider some of the muscles and tendons of the lower leg. Soleus , Gastrocnemius , Tibialis Posterior and the Achilles Tendon , to name a few… As a runner’s foot loads, and passes under their body, from initial contact to heel-off, these muscles and tendons (the Achilles tendon it self lengthens more than you’d think!) lengthen under the load of gravity, as we have to support body weight. As this occurs, elastic energy is store...

Full article: http://www.runningshoesguru.com/2013/05/plyometric-traini...

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