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Before working at OrthoCarolina, I was an athletic trainer for the Minnesota Vikings. I saw how hard the athletes worked to compete at the top level‐‐from daily sprints and agility work, to lifting and practice, it's a schedule not many of us can match.
However, there are things we can learn from these elite athletes to improve our own running
performance. The average NFL player runs 1.25 miles per game, and while this doesn't seem like a lot of mileage, the intense bursts of speed followed by periods of rest make for a great workout. The name for this type of workout is interval training and it’s something even a casual runner can benefit from.
Here’s why interval training works so well:
So before the Super Bowl this Sunday, throw on your Panthers gear (we are biased here at OrthoCarolina) and try one of these four power running drills.
Power Running Drills
Aaron Hewitt PA-C is a Physician Assistant with OrthoCarolina’s Sports Medicine Center. He is a former Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Minnesota Vikings (NFL), and is an orthopedic provider for UNC-Charlotte and Myers Park High School. He also is a Physician Assistant Team Lead for Sports Medicine, Spine, Hand & Pediatrics and a Clinical and Surgical Preceptor for Physician Students. In addition to CrossFit, Aaron is dedicated to running, yoga and clean eating.