Running Focus – Over the next 2 weeks we are focusing on our running technique. This will be addressed whilst analysing running styles whilst sprinting, long distance running and sporting comparisons. We shall also be breaking down and working on our starts, middle phase and finish. These are all transferable skills and it is really important that we go through these logically and work on each aspect carefully and at our own speed. There are many excellent runners in history and I challenge you to research a famous athlete and why they were so good. This does not mean they will be a track and field athlete, there are so many examples in summer and winter sports along with team sports and I leave that up to you to find out who inspires you.
This week we will focus on our running style, running and sprinting in particular is a fundamental skill that supports a multitude of other activities. If you know how to sprint properly, you’re more likely to enjoy a wide range of sports and activities and more importantly have better results in performance.
Not everyone is the same and there will always be differences. However, why is there a difference? Some children with good technique are not “natural born” sprinters. They have simply developed good running mechanics at some point in their lives, whereas some have not. From here their running pattern and style will be formed. This will be impacted upon by their experiences in exercise, teaching, coaching and imitating others. It is true that some children are not taught how to run properly, however at QPS we will strive to improve their running technique and other fundamentals of sport.
This is a list of the basic elements of a good sprinting technique:
- Hold your back straight and vertical from your hips.
- Hold your head still, but relax your face and neck.
- Bend your elbows at 90 degrees.
- Pretend you are lightly gripping a small bird in each hand.
- Pump your arms so your hands travel from “hip to lip”, and keep your arms close to your sides or ‘hip to pit’.
- With each stride, lift your front knee high (“knee drive”) and straighten your back leg completely to deliver full power.
There are ways to practice these skills –
If the you take this information on board, then you will teach yourself the basics of running. This is by using your eyes to copy Mr G and you will see how it looks to run correctly, then your body will learn how it feels to run, and your ears will hear verbal cues to remember how to run correctly. Sorry new editing software and it does not wish to share the full camera screen, work in progress.
60Second Challenges R,J & T – This weeks running is taking on board the principles we have learnt above and applying them through a resistance.
This weeks jumping challenge is looking at our explosive power over a height but also adding in direction. Just like sprinting this will improve all aspects of our own sporting development. Sorry again, I can only apologise on the camera work, I am trying out new software and it looks like Mr G requires more training. Hopefully it will not affect what I am trying to demonstrate.
Finally, our throwing challenge this week is to build on our throwing skills that we have developed in week 1 & 2. Therefore this is a recap of skills and will work on throw and catch (hand eye coordination) under and over arm throws through a ladder and collision challenge.
We have also discussed the need to condition our bodies whilst staying active and this week Mr G has challenged you with the 5s for exercise.
Additionally, conditioning our body and staying active can be lots of fun and Mr G has challenged himself this week to come up with an activity that is both fun, physically demanding and in turn will improve his and your coordination and skill set.
Good luck & Stay Safe
Thank you Mr G.