A, B & C-Skips

One of the things that I routinely tell runners is that, “If you can skip you can run.” Along these lines, here are three classic skipping drills that I often incorporate into the late stages of rehab as well as into performance coaching programs for runners and triathletes. Before initiating these skipping variations, I encourage runners to first master the A & B March, which serves as a nice way to transition to these more challenging drills. These drills are particularly helpful from a rhythm and timing standpoint while addressing front end mechanics and decelerating the lower leg in anticipation of initial contact.  Don’t get discouraged if you don’t pick these up right away as they often prove to be deceptively challenging. I typically encourage runners to initially practice them by performing 3-5, 10-15 yd passes per drill. Considering that these are more advanced drills, one must exercise caution to avoid getting overzealous. Enjoy!

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