Running Biomechanics – Add these 7 Anterior Chain Activities to add Power to your Running.

Anatomy is interesting.  We have so many different muscle groups that come with their own functions for different purposes. 

Here, we look at the Muscular Chains spread across our body. Once we understand the broad categorizations of these chains we would be in a much better position to understand the science behind movement or the Biomechanics of movement

Let’s first Understand the Anterior, Posterior & Lateral Chains

Anterior Chain & Posterior Chain Muscles

The anterior chain are the muscles at the front of the body and the posterior lie at the back. These ‘chains’ of muscles co-ordinate muscular actions that enable movement. 

Anterior Chain, Posterior Chain, Lateral Chain

The purpose of the Posterior chain is to hold us up and counteract gravity.  Our lats, along with our scapular retractors and rotator cuffs, are responsible for our posture.  They keep us from completely collapsing forward.  The glutes and hamstrings are responsible for holding our bodies up during daily tasks, for example, standing, training, etc. by producing hip extension, abduction, and external rotation.

The Anterior chain also plays an important role.  Taking the quads, for an example; your quads are important for knee extension and for controlling knee flexion.  Most sports are forward dominated such as football, basketball, and tennis.  This means that they all require the ability to frequently change direction.  In addition to the Anterior chain, a strong core is important for basic stability. Your pecs help control your arms and help give you the strength necessary to push and lift heavy objects.

If you identify patterns, your results are higher.  Ensure your body is in the right position and you’ll continue to jump and leap and power through your movements without compromised function.

Lets Look at Some Simple and Effective Anterior Chain Strengthening Exercises that can be easily added to your daily schedules.

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