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A form activity that promotes positive attitudes and teaches how attitudes and feelings can affect running
Tags: middle school, form
When: At the beginning of the running session
Form 101 is a five segment series that explains the fundamentals of good running form. This segment covers the importance of teaching good form and six guidelines for approaching form training.
Runners must develop a full range of fundamental athletic skills in order to perform at their highest levels and avoid injury.
Good posture is an important element of running form that helps runners move more efficiently, avoid injury, and have a positive mental outlook.
This segment focuses on elements of the leg movement that lengthen the running stride and increase turnover for faster running, and that promote comfortable, injury-free running.
The arm swing is critically important for stabilizing the body when running. It is also an area where runners can often make major efficiency improvements.
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