The Athlete pictured here is an All American Baseball
Player who has developed the habit of running with his upper body
in the Acceleration position all the time.
We have explained to him that upper body position
is fine for acceleration, but to attain maximum velocity, we need
to get his hips under his shoulders so basically we can draw a line
from his ankle to his knees and through his shoulders.
Next to the Athlete is our model runner in the
Notice in this Athlete the space between his knee
at impact. We are working to shorten his backside mechanics along
with developing a pulling motion from the thigh block position to
close that gap. We find the younger athletes are generally easier
to break of old habits.
The more times you repeat a movement the harder
it becomes to detrain that movement and retrain the athlete to perform
the correct movement patterns.
This lacrosse player came to us with reasonable
running form. The main emphasis of training with him has been focused
on developing negative leg action to develop that sensation of being
pulled down the track.
Using a combination of our B march series along
with assorted plyometrics and resistance training targeting the
posterior chain, we will be able to get him faster which will translate
into improved performance on the Lacrosse field.
||The athlete pictured here has tremendous
athletic ability - he recently performed a standing 40" vertical
at our facility. He is looking to make the transition from Basketball
to Football. With him, we need to get his hips up under his shoulders
similar to our All American Baseball Player, but not quite as dramatic.
We are currently working with this High School
Baseball Player on getting his hips up under his shoulder and from
there, we can move on to correcting some other faults he has such
as heel strike on first ground contact.
We find sometimes by correcting one fault, other
faults are also corrected.
At Acceleration Plus, we teach Maximum Velocity
Techniques first and then move on to the Transition and finally
into the Acceleration Phase of Running.
Our Baseball Player is simulating his 1st to 2nd
base stealing technique Here we are working with the Athlete on
the Acceleration Phase of running. We like his upper body position
chest over shoulders and would like to see his head a little more
uprite. The most glaring fault we see here is the neutral shin angle
he displays. To be able to accelerate properly, the shin must be
pointing back towards the starting position. From this position,
you are able to push against the ground and accelerate forward with
Again, our athlete is in the Acceleration phase,
his shin is better but still not at the angle we would like to see
Although his shoulders are past his knees, we need
to get his posture into a more uprite position.