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Lessons for the Start of Cross Country Season

Cross country season is nearly upon us.  Unfortunately, for many of the exuberant scholastic runners out there now enjoying the sense of renewal during preseason training camp, the competitive season will end prematurely in September or October due to injury.  Instead of chalking up injuries as inevitable attrition in the sport, we as coaches and athletes must take a proactive approach toward injury prevention.  Here are four lessons I wish I had known during my career as an athlete and during the years when I coached the team at Johns Hopkins.  

Should we fix running form in distance runners?

The topic of running form often evokes strong sentiment from polar opposite spectrums.  On one hand, the "old school" crowd believes in simply going out and running a bunch of miles.  Through those miles, the body should theoretically settle upon its most efficient form.  On the other hand, the "new school" believes in a more active approach to teaching running mechanics.  The "new school" generally looks for specific technical cues associated with good form and has a toolbox of drills to ingrain the desired mechanics.