What do you see?

Tell me what you see?

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A classic type of question, asked with the specific purpose of wanting to explore another person’s perspective of an event, moment or picture. So look at the picture again and tell me what you see!

In the case of this photo some people will say:

– The final of the 100m men’s sprint at the London olympics
– Usain bolt winning in usual fashion
– How close the reaction times are between all runners (as seen on the main screen (top right of picture))
– How packed the stadium is
– How many Jamaican and American runners made the final
– How close the race was
– How the runner in lane three must of been injured

If we were asked that question, our response would be “how good is the pelvic positioning in all of these featured athletes, with the standout being the winner in lane 7!”

When asking coaches, athletes and lovers of running what the main aspect you need to perfect, you’ll again be provided with a plethora of responses. Some will say the start, some will say the cadence and some the transition phase. However, we at the stride won’t be changing our opinion, and will stay with pelvic positioning, along with the perfect example – Usain Bolt.Why? Because correct pelvic position allows a runner be it sprinter, miler or marathon runner to:

– Recruit muscle in correct motor patterns or order
– Allow for optimal power/ground reaction force output whilst in contact with the running surface
– Spend less time on the ground
– Allow the generated force from muscle to travel in its desired direction (forwards)(not to mention the list of ways it can decrease injury risk)

As the athletics and summer season nears the end, The Stride encourages you to look at the finer details that can be overlooked or missed. It is imperative to incorporate functional pelvic positioning drills into your training, even though they may not be as exciting as other exercises. However, for most where to start can sometime be daunting, as knowing what to change and how to change it can be difficult. Is it strength? Is it flexibility or is it a motor control issue? So gather some footage, let’s analyse your technique and get that little bit more out of yourself. After all, a meter or two can be the difference between a gold and silver, a good and personal best performance.

Go one better.

Stride on!

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