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Running Academy

It Starts With Technique

Whether your sport is running or involves running,
learning proper body mechanics and the technique of running greatly reduces your risk of injury.

Have you ever been taught how to run? Not how to improve your mileage or speed—the actual technique of running? Every other sport has a set of skills that need to be learned in order to have proper technique; running is no different. Without a proper understanding of form, the likelihood of injuries increases and your ability to progress to longer distances and faster speed diminishes.

Running shouldn’t hurt. You can be a smarter runner, and find your sport more enjoyable, when you are given the education.


Not a Runner? You'd be Surprised...

Cross country isn’t your sport? That doesn’t mean having the proper running form isn’t important for your performance. Did you know that, on average, a soccer player only handles the ball for 53 seconds each game—that’s less than 1% of the time! The rest of the time you are in the game is spent using your body in ways other than the set of skills you and your coaches work endlessly to perfect. In fact, the same study shows that soccer players run nearly seven miles in a single game. Similarly, the often quick but shorter distances that basketball and tennis players move add up to nearly three miles per game. Even volleyball and baseball players rely on running actions to get them to the ball.

Certified Sports Technique + Functional Movement Screen Specialists focus on the stability of your joints with each and every movement of your lower body, not just running. These include (but are not limited to):

Jumping + Landing • Pivoting • Shuffling • Deceleration • Shifting of Weight

Having the knowledge to properly and most effectively move your body during these activities will not only help you perform at your best but also help you to avoid injury.

What to Expect

Our Running Technique Specialists will help you:

  • Analyze your form through the use of video analysis.
  • Understand that technique matters. Education on the concepts of proper form and movement means decreased risk of injury.
  • Recognize deficits in your biomechanical patterns as compared to those ideal for your body’s optimal performance and safety.
  • Develop a training program with individualized drills and exercises (including an at-home program) to correct the habits that are holding you back.
  • Achieve the results you need in order to get back to ideal performance and progress toward your running goals.
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