Strength, flexibility and balance help you run better and avoid injury. Take these six simple tests to assess yours
Why is it important? The single leg stance is a strength, balance and coordination challenge. "Ground reaction forces go through one leg at a time in running," says Giles. "This test highlights any discrepancies between right and left leg and hip function, as well as the stability of the entire kinetic chain [trunk, hip, knee and ankle alignment]." How to test it With bare feet and your arms outstretched in front of you, lift one foot off the floor in front of the support leg (it needn't be lifted very high), and flex at the hip and knee to lower the body, as if you were going to sit back on a stool. "You'll know if you've done it right if your butt moves before your knee," says Giles.Score 1 point for each of the following:
Scored 3 or less? If you also score 3 or less for the double leg squat test, focus on improving your score there before worrying about the single leg stance. But if you did OK in the double leg squat, then practise a modified single leg stance with the heel of the lifted foot just touching the floor for additional balance, gradually taking more weight on the support leg as you improve. Alternatively, hold on to a support to help you develop the appropriate balance and strength. Adding step-ups and lunges to your repertoire will also help you improve your single leg stance prowess.
Mighty Lexi wrote (see)
Ooh not meeting Ricky Bennison...the other bit.!! (who's ricky bennison
. wrote (see)
Hits head against wall...
Are you sure it didn't strike the wall?
But who the heck is Ricky Bennison?
Any clues is the person a lad or ladette??? I mean is the person a man or woman?
Karen, GOOGLE it!
eden bassy wrote (see)
is he the prisoner who run half marathon every day in his cell, then he won a gold medal at the olympics for the marathon. when interviewed later he sad "i was very happy to run with people again" lol.
This is Ricky
Saffy sweety pea wrote (see)
This is RickyEnjoy
Ricky Bennison wrote (see)
It occurs to that the term striking in regard to a runners landing foot insinuates a deliberate attempt to apply force to the ground. As the ambition of the landing foot is to land with minimal impact on the ground surely the term striking is a misnomer with negative potentialy harmful connotations especialy in regard to people injuring themselves by hitting the ground overly hard with there foot .
LOL it must been a full moon.
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