If you feel like you’re struggling when you’re running, you probably are! Read this.
To most runners and coaches, running is a series of jumps, says Svein Otto Kanstad, a physicist and former competitive runner based in Volda, Norway. Gravity isn’t considered helpful, because its force is perpendicular to the direction a runner is moving. But this mindset neglects the concept of angular momentum, Kanstad says. Rather than thinking of running as a series of jumps – leaping off one foot and landing again on the other – runners should view their sport as a series of falls, aided by gravity, he says.
Running isn’t a series of jumps but a series of rotations – and making use of this could let athletes fall their way to new world records
Source: Physics of falling says professional athletes are running wrong | New Scientist
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Dr. Nick Campitelli
Dr. Campitelli is a podiatrist in Akron, OH specializing in foot and ankle surgery with an interest and enthusiasm for running as well as helping runners with injuries. For the past several years he has been treating running injuries in patients by fixing their form and transitioning them to minimalist shoes. Having treated runners with all types of injuries through conservative measures with orthotics and shoe gear changes to reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Campitelli has brought what works best and is most current to his practice as well as the Akron and Cleveland running communities.
This concept is fully covered in Pose Method.
I have tried a lot convincing people to switch to this technique and there is a huge reluctance among the recreational runners. First of all, they get a bit offended as they think they know how to run and this one is totally different way of running. Secondly, learning new coordination is found harder than the actual training.