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Dorsiflex and its purpose in running and jogging

The reason I teach athletes to dorsiflex the foot is because the athlete doesn’t have to lift their knees. He really puts the focus on what should move. This is athlete’s foot. Allows for faster recovery because the athlete has shortened a lift.
The best thing about dorsiflexing your foot while jogging or jogging is that it allows you to force your foot back down to the ground. Being the ball of the foot the initial contact point.

Now let’s go back and answer some questions.

How much should the foot flex?

Enough so that your foot is level or your toes are slightly pointing up at 90 degrees or less. To get good dorsiflexion, really work by flexing the big toe toward the knee.

Is more dorsiflex better?

NO. If the point is to lift the feet off the ground, the foot will stop moving when the knees stop.

When do you dorsiflex?

You flex your foot as soon as your toes leave the ground. But even if you don’t dorsiflex that soon, be sure to do it before your foot begins to drop to the ground.

When do you stop dorsiflexing?

As soon as you start to put your foot down.
Some athletes hold the dorsiflex too long and you lose your ability to apply maximum forces and your stride length will suffer.

The full act of dorsiflexion will allow a sprinter to put their foot down with much more force. This greater application of force will cause the foot to bounce higher and create knee lift and quicker foot recovery time. This will help the runner to be faster.

That’s the key to why and how to dorsiflex your foot while running or jogging.

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