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FOOT FLEXR is a unique device that helps runners increase speed and run more efficiently by teaching proper dorsi-flexed foot position.

Concepts behind FOOT FLEXR (FF):

1. Dorsi-flexion in the foot is critical to effectively using the drive force and ground contact. When the foot hits the ground in a "dropped" position (plantar-flexion) two things happen to slow a runner down:

A. Weak drive force: As soon a the runner's foot hits the ground, the "driving force" begins. In the optimal dorsi-flexed position, the foot contacts the ground at its strongest and widest point (the ball). The foot is in the best position to grip the ground and drive the body forward. When the foot is in a dropped position, it hits the ground at its smallest, weakest and most ineffective point - the toe.
B. Inefficient use of time and energy: When the above happens, the time it takes for the foot to come down to the ball, creates unnecessary vertical motion in the runner's stride, using up precious time and energy. This is often called breaking.

C. The consequences of not having a dorsi-flexed foot include increased ineffective contact time with ground, unnecessary movement, disruption in efficient biomechanics, and extra work for joints and muscles. An athlete who runs with his foot in a dropped position stresses the calf, instep muscles and knee, increasing the risk of possible injury.

FF enables the athlete to execute the proper running technique. By using FF, athletes have a better kinesthetic awareness of what muscle action is required.

2. Overstriding can be corrected because it is nearly impossible to overstride when the foot is in the proper dorsi-flexed position. In addition to the dropped foot problems listed above, athletes who overstride are slowing themselves down by not correctly aligning their center of gravity with their stride. In correct running bio-mechanics, the runner's body is positioned slightly forward. This forward tilt keeps the upper torso in a relaxed state and uses the quadriceps, gluts and hamstrings in the correct proportions. When a runner overstrides, his body position is straight or leaning backwards. His upper body becomes tight and it requires more effort to move forward - almost as if the legs have to work twice as hard to drag the body in a forward motion. In this situation, the runner is over using his gluts and hamstrings, putting them at a higher risk for tightness, strain and injury.

Run with  FOOT FLEXR and learn to make the dorsi-flexed postion a habit!  Let FOOT FLEXR help you take care of the problems listed above!

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