Fading before the final hooter of your competition? Can’t pick yourself up with 15 to 20 minutes of the game to go? Are you making poor calls at the back end of the game? Do yourself a favour and improve your running form/technique – that could increase your performance by up to 20%.
Poor running form or technique – for example your arms not swinging correctly – is a total WASTE of PRECIOUS ENERGY! The energy you need to run faster, the energy you need to stop fatigue setting in with 15 minutes to play or the energy you need to still be making competent decisions near the end of a game.
Getting the picture? Good technique isn’t only there to help improve your speed as it has many other benefits. Running correctly also puts you in an active and alert mindset so you are tuned in to the task ahead of you.
For contact sports, think of a car crash and the damage that increases as the speed increases – the same applies on the footy field. Now i am not implying that we want to cause injury to the opposition but i am implying that we want to tackle the opposition in the hardest but fairest tackle we can make – that’s part of the game, isn’t it? Speed will make that happen and the same applies when you are attacking. I have always maintained if you can’t run on to the ball at pace then get out of the way and let someone else do the job as you only create gaps by pace.The All Black backline are showing this perfectly and the forwards can carve up the middle because they are pumping the speed.
Now this is the last five inches so to speak; first you’ve got to do the hard yards to build a solid platform to launch the speed from. Don’t build your house on sand or failure will strike. Put in the hours of preparation, get fit, run on the grass rather than pound the roads which knock your legs around. The great Joe Fraser once stated you must do your home work – he hated running but never missed a workout. If you cut corners it will catch up to you sooner or later – no doubt about it my friends, be warned!
In conclusion: learn the correct form and technique, stop wasting your precious energy for the many benefits it brings, do the hard yards so you have a solid platform to launch from.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE FOR YOURSELF AND FOR YOUR FELLOW TEAM MEMBERS, MANAGEMENT AND VERY IMPORTANTLY YOUR LOYAL SUPPORTERS.