What can runners do to improve a bad stance or gait?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In this video, Jay Dicharry, director of the SPEED Performance Clinic and the Motion Analysis Lab Coordinator at the University of Virginia Health System, discusses what runners can do to improve a bad stance or gait.

    Host: What can runners do to improve a bad stance or gait?

    Jay Dicharry: I think the key thing that we can do for runners to improve injury and economy, is to look at how well we as the athletes control our body. When we run we are experiences forces about two-and-a-half times our body weight such things, as core strength and stride length or cadence become phenomenally important to look at how we deal with those forces. One of the problems individuals have is that they tend over stride. Over striding puts our body in a position to have the excessive forces at the wrong time, leading to tissue breakdown.

    Poor core strength can also cause excessive motion plane, not necessarily the sagittal plane at which we run. But in the lateral planes and the rotational planes which result in all these injury to those muscles and ligaments and tendons.

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