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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
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.
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
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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