Much emphasis is put on running technique these days to avoid injury and relieve unnecessary loading in order to improve performance. This is all very well but it is stage two.
Most Runners are unaware of straightness or their lack of mobility in certain areas, so they will be unaware of the restrictions this will cause to their action and movement and the load this will be adding to other parts of the body, like the knees, ankles, hips, shins and lower back.
Over time we lose range of motion throughout the whole body – 1% decreased ROM across all the joints means less shock absorption which will cause extra load on the vulnerable/weaker areas – hence lead to discomfort.
A Biomechanics Assessment from head to toe is the best way to find out what is going on throughout the body and what is influencing what, this will lead to a better more efficient approach to the specific run training needed to improve the technique from a sporting perspective.
This obviously applies to all running sports and successful work has been done for top-level netballers, rugby players as well as short and long-distance runners. This approach works really well in conjunction with specific running coaches as well as sports physiotherapists.