Running technique coaching for kids
Have you been looking for a coaching program that specializes in youth development?
The good news is that quite a few exist, but how do you select the right one?
In this article, we will touch base on what you need to know when selecting the right running technique for kids.
When we think of youth development, we typically aim for an age group 14 or below. Anything above this age, you may need to search for a different program.
Here is what you need to be know and be prepared for when you enroll on a good running technique coaching program:
- Biomechanical analysis
- Frequency of sessions
- Payment plan
What is biomechanical analysis?
It’s super important for all runners to know about biomechanical analysis. It is used as a baseline for the coach to better understand their patient.
Biomechanical analysis involves the use of a high speed digital camera. The camera’s are used to film the patient’s run. The patient will be using a running machine and their technique will be analysed in slow motion.
This allows a physiotherapist to analyse their movements. Factors such as their gate movement will arise.
The patient’s job is to run normally.
The amount of sessions required
There is no right or wrong answer to this part. However, in order to get the best from this type of program, you need to aim for at least 6 sessions.
This is because top running program’s use 6 as a minimum requirement. With this into account, the price needs to be discussed.
To get the most out of this program, expect to pay more than £200, but pay below £500. For anything above £500, you are wasting your money.
Once you have decided on the price and the number of sessions, this is when you need to start planning out how you are going to use the program.
Be prepared to practice in between sessions. I recommend having 1 to 2 sessions a week, which allows you to practice more.
In this case, you can’t rely on sessions alone to get you running at a more efficient rate. It’s all about practice, practice, practice.
What else should you know?
You want to use a well trusted program, but how do you guarantee this?
A top tip would be to read case studies and testimonials. Look for other coaching products on the website.
A good website will offer more than one solution, so that any goal or need the patient has, can be met with a solution.
When it comes to measuring one’s ability to run, we can think broadly and use several techniques. This may include movement analysis. Keep an eye out for other possible solutions.
The most important point to remember is that any child from any experience level can join the program.
But, the process starts with biomechanical analysis. This is a core requirement for the physio to better understand how the patient runs.
Using advanced technology and videos are the two most helpful ways of understanding the technique.
After that, you need to plan the amount of sessions you want along with how much you are willing to spend.
These programs exist in the city, but it is worth doing a local search as well.