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F O R M A
Functional Orthopedic Rehabilitation Medicine Associates230 E. 17
Street, Suite 202Costa Mesa, CA 92627Phone: 949 999-0777
UPPER BODY STRENGTH TRAINING FOR RUNNING
Basic Principles:Upper body strength provides stability to:(1) S
upport for the upper “core” while (2)
performing ventilation (muscle action to facilitatebreathing) and optimize blood flow to and fromthe lower body.Upper body core provides functional mechanics toallow the lower core (lower back muscles, lowerabdominals
transverse abdominis, and pelvicfloor) a stable base to perform with efficiencythrough the best postural stance.Poor upper body conditioning will lead to:Decreased breathing capacityUnstable core, hips, lower back, knees, ankles and feetIncrease wasted energy (energy leak) through compensatory mechanismsto continue running with poor form.Increase chance for injuries to the lower body, while increasing the risk toworsen the problems to the upper body, primarily to the neck and uppershoulders.