A recent article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has provided an overview of the key components that should make up any strength and conditioning program for an athlete participating in a running sport. You can view the article in full here but below we have outlined a few key points to think about when training for running sports at any level:

  • Nordic Hamstring exercises provide an excellent strengthening stimulus as a knee dominate eccentric movement. However the speed at which the exercise is performed may be too slow to provide exposure to the high speed activity in which hamstring injuries occur
  • A thorough strength program should include both knee and hip dominant exercises and expose to varied contraction speeds
  • Ensure regular exposure to high speed running (95%+ max speed) and build the volume of this gradually and safely