Skipping for Runners.
Training the reflexive properties of the Calf and Achilles unit is very important for runners of all ages and abilities. Loading this area in a transferable way (think sport specific) helps overcome niggles, prevent injury and improve running performance.
Our runners have had great success with these techniques rather than traditional slow calf loading exercises on the edge of a step, so give it a go.
To begin with, skip for 20 seconds, and then rest for 20 seconds and repeat 5 times. Build from there.
The focus should be on spending the least amount of time on the floor (quick feet) and getting some height, rather than using it as a cardio workout. This will help train the ability to absorb and create load/force efficiently.
Skipping can be then progressed into hopping, bounding and running drills that focus on both prevention and performance, which we use with our Performance Therapy Clients.
If you are struggling with a running injury, take advantage of our free 15 minute injury consultations that we are offering for the whole of April 2018.