“Does the athlete have the potential to get into that position?”

This is oftentimes the first question we assess movement.

Through an assessment, we can identify if an athlete possesses the prerequisite flexibility required to perform dynamic movements such as running and sprinting.

If not, then we need to understand the implications of these findings and how it may pertain to running form. We might find a lack of hip extension or ankle plantar flexion. We may see compensatory movements. The runner may be experiencing fatigue and a breakdown in form later in runs.

All of these findings come back to a thorough and standardized assessment of the runner before creating the plan around how to deal with them.

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