24 Dec '13, 11am

Running technique: The Footstrike @runnersworld @werun @RunCompetitor @spikesmag

Running technique: The Footstrike @runnersworld @werun @RunCompetitor @spikesmag

Perhaps surprisingly, there are very few studies looking at elite runners and footstrike patterns during actual races. Despite this, until recently, the overwhelming majority of coaches and experts were advocating that heel-striking was the most effective technique, simply because most athletes did it. That claim will come up again, but the perception that it was most effective has, over the last few years, been changing. And with the advent of Pose and other running techniques, as well as the observation that not all elite runners are landing on the heel first, people have now begun to advocate that forefoot landing is better ! So we have this 180 degree shift, often in the absence of any substantial data to support the claim.

Full article: http://www.sportsscientists.com/2008/04/running-technique...

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