How to Maintain Proper Form While Sprinting

Learn how to maintain proper form while sprinting from sprinting coach Shane Paul Neil in this Howcast video.

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Hi my name is Shane Paul Neil with City Coach Multisport, and today I'm going to be talking about how to maintain proper form while sprinting. Proper form while sprinting is extremely important. If you take two sprinters with the exact same ability, the sprinter with better form is going to ultimately win the race because the sprinter with better form will be running more efficiently and his speed will be maintained much better because of it.

When it comes to sprinting form there's one thing you want to be very aware of, and that's relaxation. Contrary to popular belief, sprinters practice very much on being very fluid and very loose with their bodies. You can tell the sprinter who's struggling because their face will be very much flexed and crinkled. The sprinter whose cheeks are bouncing is generally more relaxed and generally more fluid. Improper running form will lead to increased muscle fatigue or what sprinters call. So again, while relaxation is important, you also remember that your arms should be moving constant with your legs. Arms propel legs as we say in sprinting.

Your hands should be coming from your waist to just about your chin, nice and relaxed with your shoulders dropped. Your knees want to come up to about a 90 degree position in comparison to your hips, and make sure that footfall always comes directly under your hip. If you can maintain fluidity and nice even strides, you're more likely to win a race overall. And that's how you maintain proper form while sprinting.

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