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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!
Gait analysis = sales gimmic.Nope.
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.
I have no idea about the beep test, but why not take her along to her local junior parkrun & see if she enjoys that? If she does, then you'll probably find other parents there who can advise on local options for running clubs, although I wouldn't worry too much about them just yet. Being a decent runner doesn't hinge on getting into the right club aged 6! If she's enjoying running around then that's great, plenty of time to get competitive with it later.