I am Tired of Injuries taking so many Athletes out of Competition

Several times I have mentioned how much I like the Sport of Track and Field and I was so disappointed to see how many great athletes will not be competing in the upcoming World Championships in Berlin due to injury sustained either during or before the U.S. Track and Field Championships. Brian Clay, the World’s best Decathlete (in my opinion) suffered a calf injury and will now not be able to compete. Andrew Wheating from Oregon has also pulled out due to a calf injury following his National Championship from a few weeks ago.

dscn0311Track and field is a sport that demands your body be 100% in order for you to be at your best, anything less and your performance is hampered dramatically. Unlike many other sports where you can tape or brace your way through many injuries, Track demands that you be as close to muscularly perfect as possible. In football for example you can go out with a sprained knee, put a brace on it and still go out and perform. You may not be at your best but you will still can be very productive to your team and your body can find a way to still perform by compensating for the brace and lack of power.

Track is completely about your body. Sure there is technique involved in all the events but more so than other sports if your body is not right, your performance will suffer and it will be very obvious in comparison to your normal best in my opinion.

In the instance of Brian Clay, he is a decathlete so I understand that his body must go through a tremendous amount of variables throughout his ten events. However, like Andrew Wheating and Tyson Gay a few years ago at the Olympic trials, athletes who are runners only should not be suffering as many injuries as they are.

We have done several posts on running efficiency and we are in the final phases of building you both a walking program and a distance running routine to prepare you for longer runs, even marathons. I really want to share with as many of you as possible what all is involved in building an efficient stride.

Running for any distance successfully comes down to alignment. Just like the alignment of a car and its role in proper handling for top performance. The same is true in your body. Your stride is a series of muscular contractions all designed to move the bones of the lower leg through the specific range of motion necessary for the desired speed you wish to run. The faster you want to go the greater the amount of motion must be created.

Any amount of inefficiency during this range of motion can throw the alignment off and subsequently limit your performance or worse, lead to injury.

In the next pot I want to go back through some of this in more detail with you. If you are someone or you know of someone who is suffering from pain when they walk or run, have them read up what we have done in the running efficiency posts and then stay tuned for announcements on our walking and running programs coming soon.


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