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Sprint Technique – 10 Common Errors and Corrections

Whether you’ve been blessed with the ability to fly or not, speed is a skill that can be taught—and thus dramatically improved. It starts with learning and implementing proper running form and sprinting technique. Mastering proper sprint technique is perhaps the most immediate way to improve speed.

Below are 10 Common Errors and Corrections of Sprint Technique:

Problem: Upward Emphasis or Not Swinging Arms Back Far Enough.

  • Correction: Have the athlete pretend he/she is holding a hammer in each hand and pounding nails into a wall directly behind him/her.
  • Main Point: The faster the arm is swung backward, the faster the leg will pull forward.

Problem: Shoulders Shrugged/Upper Back Tension.

  • Correction: Have the athlete consciously relax the traps and shoulders to allow more natural movement. Practice in place looking into a mirror.
  • Main Point: Upper body needs to stay relaxed. Tension can inhibit the free motion required for optimal speed.

Problem: Side-to-Side Arm Movement.

  • Correction: Have the athlete practice in front of a mirror to help him/her understand that this movement is causing excessive trunk rotation. The path in which the arms travel begins with the fingertips even with the chin. The hand should reach the midline of the body, but does not cross. The hand will then travel backwards until it is completely behind the hip.
  • Main Point: There should be limited lateral movement, as the focus should be on forward and backward movement emphasizing the backward motion.

Problem: Cross-Over Knee Drive (crossing the knees inward over the midline of the body)

  • Correction: Explain to the athlete that the legs travel in one plane of movement, it’s like riding a bike. Working in front of a mirror may be helpful.
  • Main Point: Knees need to travel in a straight path.

Problem: Lack of Knee Drive (During Acceleration 10-20 yards)

  • Correction: Likely needs to strengthen hip flexors and core. Hip flexors raise the thigh and core stabilizes the pelvis.
  • Main Point: Need to forceful knee drive getting hip 70-80 degrees in relation to the body.

Problem: Toes Point Inward or Outward

  • Correction: Likely needs to improve ankle flexibility, hip flexor strength. Muscles imbalances in hip internal and external rotation may all need attention.
  • Main Point: Toes need to point forward and should be in line with the knee and hip.

Problem: Over-striding (plant foot too far in from of the body)

  • Correction: Explain that the athlete needs to keep a tighter knee bend as the knee drives during each swing phase.
  • Main Point: During acceleration (first 10-20) yards the foot should strike the ground slightly behind the body. After the first 10-20 yards, the foot will strike slightly in front of the body.

Problem: Under-striding (short, choppy steps)

  • Correction: Cue the athlete to increase the distance between their thighs on each stride. Likely needs to improve hip flexor flexibility.
  • Main Point: Stride length comes from by pushing off the ground harder and fully extending hip, knee, and ankle and driving the forward knee to high knee position.

Problem: Landing on Heels (many larger athletes have a hard time with this)

  • Correction: Make the athletes aware of the issue. Coach athlete on proper foot strike through high knees drills, wall drills, etc.
  • Main Point: The heel will almost make contact with the ground, but athletes should be coached to stay on the ball of the foot because no weight should be taken by the heel.

Problem: Ankle Plantar Flexed (pointed down, leads to over-striding)

  • Correction: Coach the athlete to pull the toes to the knees. Coach the athlete to barely keep the heel from hitting the ground. Practice with high knees, butt kicks, wall drills.
  • Main Point: When foot strikes the ground, the ankle needs to be dorsiflexed (pointed up) in order to deliver a high force into the ground.

True Athlete Performance will be hosting a Linear Speed Clinic Series for $59!

We breakdown the fundamentals of sprinting including proper posture, proper mechanics, and proper rhythm.

  • Hagerstown, Md –  Sundays, May 19th and 26th
  • Frederick, Md –  Mondays, May 20th and June 3rd
  • Chantilly, Va –  Sundays, May 19th and June 2nd

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Linear Speed Clinic Series

Discover the Secrets to Developing Blazing Speed to Help Your Young Athlete Become Faster & More Dangerous on the Field or Court!

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In our Linear Speed Clinic, we unveil all of our speed training secrets that will help your athlete:

  • Accelerate faster than ever without the risk of injury
  • Reach top speed more easily
  • Run with proper mechanics
  • Improve efficiency to preserve energy and keep them on the field longer

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In our recent poll of hundreds of coaches, the number one thing that they wanted to improve among their athletes was speed! We all know that the fastest athletes on the field or court have a huge advantage over their competition. I have yet to meet a coach who believes an athlete to be TOO fast or TOO quick.

Because some athletes aren’t naturally fast, parents and coaches can wrongly assume there is little they can do about it. However, sprinting is a skill that can be developed and dramatically improved with the right combination of technique and training.

While it’s true that not every athlete can be an Olympic sprinter, most athletes have never been taught how to run or move correctly, if at all. As you help to turn their weaknesses into strengths, they will operate at a much higher percentage of their full potential. And you’ll learn exactly how to do that in our Linear Speed Clinic Series, as we break down the fundamentals of sprinting, including proper posture, mechanics and rhythm.

For a limited time, take advantage of True Athlete Performance’s Linear Speed Clinic Series for just $59!

Chantilly, Va

Mondays, August 19 & 26

Ages 11-13 5:00-6:30pm

Ages 14-18 6:30-8:00pm

The nZone (14550 Lee RdChantilly, VA 20151)

Frederick, Md

Wednesdays, August 21 & 28

Ages 11-13 5:00-6:30pm

Ages 14-18 6:30-8:00pm

Middletown Middle School Tennis Courts (100 Martha Mason St)

Hagerstown, Md

Thursdays, August 22 & 29

Ages 11-13 5:00-6:30pm

Ages 14-18 6:30-8:00pm

Hagerstown Sports Club and Fitness (20321 The Gardens)

Here’s What Athletes Like Yours Have To Say About Us

Rodney Dorsey (Frederick, Md), Shepherd University and Tuscarora High School Football Player

Other athletes in my area were training with TrueAP and that motivated me to get started. I’ve always had great speed but Josh and TrueAP helped me improve even more by focusing on making improvements to my form and technique. From TrueAP, I’ve gained knowledge, drills, and techniques that I’ve continued to use in my athletic career. I am more efficient and explosive than I’ve ever been. 

 

 

 

 

Kaela (Chantilly, Va), Chantilly Youth Association Soccer Player

I wanted to be faster on the soccer field. I knew if I wanted to continue to play at a high level that I needed to work on my speed and reaction. TrueAP’s training was not only only helpful but fun. Improving my speed and athleticism has improved my overall game on the field, it’s the best training I’ve been a part of.

 

 

 

 

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