Children beginners?

My daughter is 9 and is going to be doing cross country training with her school.

Just wondering if she needs this done or if basic running shoes will be ok?

Any help appreciated!image


  • Gait analysis = sales gimmic.

  • Gait analysis is well worthwhile for most adults.  I don't have experience with children, so I'd just be guessing. For one so young, I'd certainly only consider gait analysis carried out by a medical professional - and probably only if you can clearly see that there's an issue to deal with.

  • I would say no too.. children run naturally.

  • +1 to all the above, how many heel striking kids do you see? Does anyone heel strike as a kid?

  • Most xc shoes will be neutral with minimal cushioning so no point.

    Also again, not someone who agrees with gait analysis.


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