Running technique has to be one of the most subjective issues out there; 10 minutes investigation on the internet will generally confuse rather that confirm what you should or should not be doing. Unlike much of the coaching currently available my work is not based on a course I have attended or a franchise I have bought. My philosophies of gait analysis and coaching are based on my own Research. Over the last 6 years my work has taken me to 6 continents including a number of extreme environments and multiple research trips to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.
My research work also covers projects with GB athletes, non-runners, blind runners and amputees. I believe we learn movement by examining extremes and being coached as individuals – our movement is as unique as our fingerprint.
I believe that in the western world we have largely forgotten how to move. This is due to what I refer to as “negative nurture” – our dynamic movement will always be an extension of our everyday movement or lack of it.
My research into natural movement in Africa created a fascination with the concept of tensegrity and the role of the fascial system. Fascia is responsible for elastic recoil, creation of elastic energy and the sea of tension in our body. We have the potential to be incredibly elastic and efficient in our movement. Once we understand this our movement is based on utilising and managing the system.
My work is based on identifying natural running/walking gait and collaborating with a number of experts in their field to identify the science behind this movement. Once I have this information my challenge is to create coaching workshops that deliver this information in a practical and understandable format.
My tools are ground-breaking movement sensors from ViMove and video analysis. This technology is designed to give laboratory type analysis in the natural environment and I take this one step further and use this technology in extreme environments such as the desert, jungle, mountain and the arctic.
I am privileged to have the University of Kent as my research partner. The University boasts one of the best collection of minds in Europe for endurance performance. This is a perfect environment to study and better understand efficiency of movement and management of impact on the body.