The Pitfalls of Straight Leg Running and How to Improve Efficiency

Jul 21, 2023

Avoid Straight Leg Running: Optimize Your Form for Better Performance and Fewer Injuries

Your running form is important for several reasons, particularly concerning the leg cycle or running gait. The leg cycle refers to the sequence of movements your legs go through while running and has a significant impact on your running performance and injury risk.

Running with straight legs, where the legs remain stiff without natural bending at the hip, knee, and ankle joints, can lead to various issues:

1. Efficiency: A proper leg cycle ensures that you move forward with minimal energy waste. Running with straight legs can decrease efficiency and endurance due to unnecessary swinging.
2. Injury Prevention: Stiff legs during impact reduce shock absorption, stressing bones and increasing the risk of overuse injuries like shin splints and stress fractures.
3. Stride Length and Frequency: A controlled leg motion allows for an optimal stride length and frequency. Straight-legged running can cause biomechanical issues from overstriding or understriding.
4. Propulsion and Power: A proper leg cycle aids efficient power generation and energy transfer. Running with straight legs limits force generation and propulsion.

To run efficiently and minimize the risk of injuries, it’s essential to maintain a controlled and relaxed leg motion. By doing so, you can improve your running form and enhance overall performance.

Maintaining a controlled and relaxed leg motion is crucial for injury-free and efficient running. Avoiding straight-legged running improves stride, reduces injury risk, and enhances overall performance.

If you want to truly understand and optimize your leg cycle to enhance your running form, booking a running analysis session with our team of experienced clinicians at Body Logic Health is the perfect solution. Through a thorough video running analysis and the Running Movement Screen, our specialists will assess your running technique, identifying areas for improvement and potential movement faults that may hinder your performance or lead to injuries. With personalized 1.2.1 running training and tailored coaching, you’ll receive valuable insights into your running style and stride, enabling you to unlock your true running potential. Don’t let straight-legged running hold you back; take the first step towards efficient and injury-free running by booking your running analysis session today!