Functional Training for Long Distance Runners
It was once thought that the only workout a long distance runner needed to do was running. It is now known that other aspects of training are vital in order to improve times and decrease injury risk.
These aspects include:
It is important that runners understand that these are required for improvements in performance, and that athletes who have optimal mobility, stability, strength, and power run faster than those who don’t.
While running has been shown to be great for the long-term health of our joints, it has also been shown that roughly 50% of runners get injured each year, whether plantar fasciitis, shin splints, runner’s knee, etc. While no program is bulletproof, improved mobility, stability, strength, and power helps to offset the forces associated with running and decrease this injury risk.
Through appropriate functional screens we can identify limitations in the four aforementioned areas, then create precise programs individually designed for each runner. This program is ideally implemented in a runner’s off season and then can be transitioned into their in-season running schedule.
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