Following on from our recent articles on Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) we’ve enlisted the help of Running Technique Coach and Sports Therapist Ray Templeton. Ray has an excellent blog and YouTube channel. You can follow him on Twitter via @RunTechnique. Today he shares his views on PFPS so it's over to him for some gait Ray-Education….(sorry, I couldn't resist!);
- Landing with a bent knee.
- Landing under the hips/center of mass.
- Quick cadence
- Relaxed tension free landing
- Good posture.
- Metronome on your mp3 to keep your cadence up.
- Imagine the knee goes forward rather than drives up (see the drill videos and watch the knee go forward rather than up)
- Get video taken to reassess what you are doing.
- Run on the spot whilst behind a start line of a track/ mark on pavement etc. Grab that thought and as you run imagine that you don’t want step over that line.
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