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In this section we will be identifying common characteristics of many beginner and recreational runners and the reasons why many runners get injured as their intensity or volume of running increases. To understand this you need to know the mechanics of running and be able to identify good and poor movement patterns.
Most Young children, age 6-10 years, do not have full control of their body unless they have been involved with regular activity or sport from a very young age.
Their running movements involve very short and fast steps, with a lot of noise when they are running because they are hitting the surface hard and with little upper body coordination because of lack of strength.
When they try and run faster, they make one of two adjustments. They may lengthen their stride as much as possible, which causes them to lean too far forward and sometimes lose their balance. The majority, however, try and move their feet faster & faster with shorter steps. Because of the lack of coordination they cannot sustain this for long.
What type of runner are you?
Runners come in all shapes, sizes and ages. Most of us who haven’t been taught the correct way to run have adopted a running style that our body has got used to, irrespective or whether it is efficient or not.
After Years of analyzing people’s running technique and helping them run more efficiently, we have identified seven common types of recreational and elite runners as well as common running characteristics of kids.
1.THE SHUFFLER 2.THE THUMPER 3.THE TWISTER 4.THE WEEKEND WARRIOR 5.THE BOUNCER 6.THE OCTOPUS 7. THE SLOW RUNNER