Running Biomechanics: The Basics

Recently our friend Matt Phillips at Studio57 posted a great article on Runners Connect, providing an overview of basic running biomechanics.

Matt’s concise yet easy to understand guide to the various phases of running gait provides a great resource for runners to use to improve their understanding of the complex puzzle that is running form!

The one specific paragraph I’d like to focus on is the quote from Steve Magness about the motion of the swing leg. His original quote found here, mentions the supposed importance of not consciously moving the swing leg through from terminal stance to recovery phase – relying instead entirely on the elastic recoil of the stretch reflex mechanism.

I enjoy Steve’s work, but personally I don’t buy this… I explain myself further in this comment on Matt’s article.

Read Matt’s Full Article

About The Author 

James has an academic background in Sport Rehabilitation and a special interest in Applied Biomechanics. He currently coaches a large number of Runners and Triathletes across all levels of ability and performance. He's grown a strong reputation for enabling athletes to improve their running performance and overcome running injuries through improving their Running Technique and developing Running Specific Strength.


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