you could run faster and with less injuries? Well now youcan with gait
Exercise physiologist Paul
Juris says many people who run don’t really know how to do it right.
And so while they’re out
there moving their legs and their arms, their mechanics, their movement
can be more efficient, it could be safer, more effective, and their performance
can improve if they can learn how to do it more effectively.
The solution? Gait analysis
under the watchful eye of Dr. Juris’s video camera where your true form
Okay, coach, what do you
Well there are two very good
things here…your posture is very good, and also as your lead leg swings
forward you get a good amount of hip flexion right here which means you
have the potential to get a very good stride length.
Now for the bad news…problems
with my heel strike.
You can see that your entire
foot is striking the surface at the same time, so in terms of shock absorption,
that’s probably not as efficient. you’d be better off if your heel could
make contact first.
And a severe over flexion
of my knees.
For a very efficient gait,
the angle of the knee should be no more than five or a maximum of ten degrees.
if I were actually to draw this angle or calculate it, it would be about
Which means I’m wasting a
lot of energy bouncing up and down, rather than moving forward and setting
myself up for knee and back injuries, if I don’t make some changes. For
Fitness Magazine, I’m Bonnie Kaye.