Saturday, November 19, 2011

Running Form: Active vs. Passive

Steve Magness at The Science of Running has written a fascinating article about running form that I wanted to share.

The bottom line is that there are certain aspects of our running form that happen through active muscle contraction, and certain aspects that happen through passive mechanics, such as momentum and inertia.  You should focus only on the movements that happen actively.  If you try to screw with the stuff that happens passively, you are going to waste energy and increase your risk of injury.

Read on, for a description of which running motions are active and which ones are passive.  It might surprise you.

And as always -- take away only whatever advice works for you.

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