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Analysing running mechanics

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Analysing running mechanics

  1. 1. The Importance of Assessing Running Mechanics in Developing AthletesPresentation prepared by: Kevin TylerDate: 11/12/10
  2. 2. Running MechanicsOverview:• Why is it important to run with proper mechanics?• What are we looking for?• How do we observe?• A three dimensional understanding!• Mechanics 101• What is the path to improving running mechanics?• Video analysis of a developing sprinter• Suggestions for improving this athletePresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  3. 3. Running MechanicsWhy Proper Mechanics?• Greater efficiency• Greater force production: maximise the stretch shortening cycle• Injury Prevention: • better dissipation & return of forces through the tissues & structures• Maintenance of sound posture: • length tension relationshipsPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  4. 4. Running MechanicsWhat are we looking for? • Range of Motion • Symmetry of Movement: left & right • Speed of Movement • Sequencing of Gross to Fine Movements • Reflexiveness / Reactiveness of Movement PatternPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  5. 5. Running MechanicsHow do we Observe? • Easier to observe movement patterns in slower activities. BUT! • Develop a systematic observation process: reproducible • Start from the feet up • Start from the head down • Start from the core out • Target specific areas of interest • Observe from multiple angles • Use technology: review and share lots of video • Ask a fellow coach you trust to review with youPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  6. 6. A 3D UnderstandingPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  7. 7. Deep Front Line Back & Front Functional LinesPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  8. 8. Running MechanicsMechanics 101: Common Causes of Difficulty • Posture: poor alignment • Feet: excessive pronation / suppination • Pelvis: anterior tilt & impact on lumbar / sacral region • Shoulder Girdle: protracted & medial rotation • Head and Neck: forward head posture • Relaxation: level of tension • Strength: static & dynamic • Flexibility: functional range of motionPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  9. 9. Running MechanicsMechanics 101: Common resultants of these issues • Inability to hold neutral alignment • Less stable • Excessive hip & knee extension at full speed • Reduction in hip flexion • Foot strikes well in front of centre of gravity • Plantar flexion: pointy toes • Decreased mobility through spinal column: transverse plane • Ultimately: less efficient use of energy stores / intensity of effortPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  10. 10. Running Mechanics Pelvic position & influence on one phase of stride mechanicsPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  11. 11. Running Mechanics GO TO VIDEOPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  12. 12. Running MechanicsMechanics 101: How do we fix this? • Proper cueing through specific activities • Appropriate strengthening & the development of range of motion • Quality: train in recovered states & minimise the volume of training under (excessive) fatiguePresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  13. 13. Running MechanicsYou can develop sound mechanics in every athlete you coach! It simply requires understanding, application and patience Presentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10
  14. 14. Questions?
  15. 15. Running MechanicsPresentation prepared by: Kevin Tyler Date: 11/12/10

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