Saturday, February 28, 2009
Injury Rates in Runners Changed by Technique
I've recently read about a technique in running called "ChiRunning". Developed from Tai Chi practice, it involves leaning forward while running and allowing gravity to help propel you in an effortless way. The runner is supposed to be loose and relaxed while running and it makes running effortless.
It sounds like common sense, but any pain that occurs while running should not be ignored as it is your body telling you that there is something wrong with your technique. Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, iliotibial band pain, back pain can all be helped by changing the biomechanics and posture when running.
In ChiRunning, they focus on the feet being hip width apart and toes pointing forward (not angled outward). They are also mindful of softening the knees and making sure the weight is not on the ball of the foot or the heels, but in the midfoot.
For the chi runners, practicing the form is what makes it work. Running slow at first and making sure you are in alignment and mindful of posture seems to be the key.
There are a number of youtube videos on ChiRunning for you recreational runners.
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