Posted on 18th Jan 2023
Frame running is a growing sport that is becoming increasingly popular among individuals with disabilities. It is a form of adaptive running that uses a frame to provide support and stability for those who are unable to run on their own. In this article, we will discuss how to get started in the sport of frame running, including the equipment you will need, tips for training and racing, and resources for finding a team or community of like-minded individuals.
First and foremost, you will need the right equipment to get started in frame running. The most important piece of equipment is the frame itself. These frames come in a variety of sizes and designs, and can be customised to fit your specific needs. It is important to find a frame that is comfortable and fits your body well. Additionally, you will need a helmet, running shoes, and clothing that is appropriate for running.
Currently, there are only two suppliers of Frame Running frames in Australia, Solve-TAD being one of them. You can learn more about our Frame Running Frames here.
Once you have the necessary equipment, it’s time to start training. As with any sport, training is essential to building strength, endurance, and technique. A good place to start is by building up your cardio and upper body strength. It is also important to work on your core and lower body strength, as these areas will be key in propelling yourself forward in the frame. A good place to go to start with this process is your therapy team or support network, which may include a Physiotherapist, Support Worker, or Occupational Therapist. All Solve-TAD Frame Runners are prescribed by an Occupational Therapist. You can learn more about the role of Occupational Therapy and Frame Running here.
Another important aspect of frame running is proper technique. It is important to learn how to shift your weight and use your arms and legs efficiently to push the frame forward. You can find videos and tutorials online that can provide helpful tips and demonstrations on proper technique. Additionally, working with a coach, your Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist can be beneficial in learning proper technique and developing a training plan that is tailored to your needs.
As you continue to train, you may want to consider participating in races or competitions. Frame running competitions are held all over the world, and can range from local groups to international events. These events can provide a great opportunity to test your skills and compete against other frame runners. You can see a list of upcoming Frame Running events here.
Finding a club
Finally, finding a team or community of like-minded individuals can be incredibly beneficial in getting started in the sport of frame running. Joining a local running club, or connecting with other frame runners through social media, can provide support, motivation, and a sense of camaraderie. Many frame running organisations also offer resources, such as training programs, coaching, and equipment. You can find a page of local Frame Running clubs across Australia here.
In conclusion, frame running is a growing sport that is open to individuals with disabilities. With the right equipment, proper training, and a supportive community, anyone can get started in this exciting and empowering sport. It is a great way to stay active, challenge oneself and push one’s boundaries. It’s also important to remember that it’s a sport that should be enjoyed, so take the time to set realistic goals and celebrate progress along the way.
Start your Frame Running Journey here!
Freedom Wheels now has capacity for Frame Running trials in Metro Melbourne!
Freedom Wheels Occupational Therapists runs weekly clinics at its head office in Abbotsford.
Each clinic is completely Free and obligation free, giving each rider the perfect opportunity to try Frame Running in a safe and comfortable environment.
Step 1: Fill out our enquiry form here
Step 2: Make sure to indicate that you are interested in Frame Running
Step 3: Get booked in and attend your Free Frame Running session
Where else can I learn about Frame Running?
Here are some important links that will help you on your Frame Running journey.
RaceRunning Australia – the go-to place for all your Frame Running questions! You can visit their website here
Disability Sport Australia – also is involved with Frame Running. You can contact them here
GIO Summer Down Under – The upcoming national Frame Running event of the year! Check out the event here
How else can I contact Freedom Wheels?
Read more about Frame Running – articles
- The History of Frame Running in Australia
- The Benefits of Frame Running
- Classification Rules for Frame Running
- What is Frame Running?
- The Role of Occupational Therapy in Frame Running
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