How can forefoot strike running reduce the risk of IT band pain and injury? Landing with a forefoot strike during running instantly mobilizes an initial foot strike placement that lands either on or just slightly away from the mid-line. This means that step-width becomes widened and stride length becomes shortened too, all of which has a well-known effect of reducing bending loads and strain off the IT band. Read more here about how forefoot strike running can instantly align your leg swing mechanics into a functional assembly that may prevent IT band syndrome as compared with heel strike running.
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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