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Is jogging detrimental to my sprinting technique?

If performed in excess, jogging can negate the positive effects of proper sprinting mechanics. The timing of the foot's interaction with the ground is much longer in jogging than with sprinting - this is one of the primary mechanisms that can have negative effects on sprinting mechanics. When our timing is off and we are not interacting with the ground as efficiently as possible, we will decrease stride frequency, which reduces our economy of movement. The developing shoe technology creates more cushioned, supportive shoes providing a forgiving platform for inappropriate foot placement (largely from heel strike or ill-timed pronation) and can negatively influence sprinting technique. Lastly, arm action which is paramount to effective sprinting technique, is a secondary issue when in direct comparison to the casual jogger's gait. As a result, jogging can influence poor mechanics if done too often.

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