Ep131 – The Role of the Foot in Athletic Speed Development

Ep131 – The Role of the Foot in Athletic Speed Development

 
 
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The foot is the foundation of not only our bodies, but for all our land-based performance. The role of the foot in athletic speed development is one of both a claw and a paw. We strike the ground with a rigid claw like a hammer. Then the foot undergoes a specific amount of pronation, becoming a paw, to adapt to the support surface. And before we push off, it re-supinates (or should) back into a claw. Getting faster involves optimizing this relationship by:

  • Increasing foot and ankle stiffness through isometric strength and tendon elasticity.
  • Decreasing ground contact times to spend less time in residence with the earth.
  • Harnessing free speed through improved mechanical function.

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