“Putting Evidence Back Into
Running Injury and Performance”
The muscles in my legs are always very sore for a couple of days after running. I stretch a lot before and after my runs but this does not seem to help. Is there anything else I can do?
“I always stretch before my runs but a friend told me the other day that I shouldn’t bother as it can make you run slower? Should I stop or could this increase risk of injury? My calves are always tight so I am worried.”
“I’ve started getting a dull achy pain in the sole of my foot and back towards my heel. It doesn’t hurt all the time but bothers me when I run and walk sometimes. I know that I have a tight calf in that leg and have to wear high heels for work. What should I do?”
“I’m having knee problems at the moment and have had to stop running. My physio has given me a knee brace to wear, but my trainer says I shouldn’t wear it and instead use kinesio tape. I’m really confused.”
“I’ve been told I’ve got ITB syndrome and have had to pull out of the marathon I was training for. I’ve only been running since last November and I only got my longest run to around 12 miles and then the outside of my knee got very painful and I couldn’t run anymore. It’s really hilly where I live and I wondered if that might have something to do with it?”
“Everybody seems to be raving about foam rolling, but is it really worth doing? I don’t mind causing myself pain if it’s going to help but it does sometimes make me question whether I am hurting myself for nothing!”
For those relatively new to regular running, the notion of introducing maximal effort hill sprints is often met with concern over the possibility of over-training and encouraging injury. And yet, including one or two weekly hill sprint sessions into your training may well be safer than just knocking out long distances on flat ground.
A logical fallacy is something used in discussion / argument / marketing that sounds supportive but is actually based on a misassumption. For example, assuming something /someone must be good because it’s been around for many years is called an ‘appeal to antiquity’. They are worth recognising as soft tissue discussions are full of them.
How Can Massage Help Runners?Some runners swear by it, others say it’s a waste of money. The fact that most elite runners have regular massage suggests there must be...
The question of ‘how to breath when running’ is one that many runners find themselves pondering, especially those new to running or starting to experiment with more intense sessions like sprint or hill intervals. Should we breathe through the mouth or nose? Is there a particular rhythm or technique we should be using?
Does post run stretching help reduce soreness or reduce risk of future injury? The research says no, but you could try some H.E.L.P.
Way, way back many centuries ago... 2013 actually, I used attendees of the Brighton Marathon Expo (for whom we were the offical Physio & Sports Therapists at the...
‘Runners Guide’ is our new foundation course with 15 fantastic video lessons, each one providing runners of all levels with evidence informed advice on how to reduce running injury & improve running performance.
Since beginning work as an educator in the myofascial release (MFR) field in the mid-1990s, Walt Fritz has more recently developed his unique take on manual therapy. His approach attempts to move the bar from singular tissue-specific models into a multifactorial narrative; one leaning heavily on biopsychosocial influences. If you are a therapist looking to update your practice to incorporate modern concepts from pain science, be sure to check out the superb articles, podcasts and live/online courses at https://waltfritzseminars.com
Mike Stewart is a physiotherapist, researcher and university lecturer with over twenty years experience of helping people to overcome pain. His ‘Know Pain Courses‘ have been taught in 17 countries and provide clinicians around the world with practical pain education skills. Enjoy this guest blog and be sure to check out the knowpain.co.uk website.
Ep.52 of Run Chat Live Podcast brings you Paul Ingraham of painscience.com talking about muscle knots and trigger points.
Alice Sanvito talks to us about what massage does & doesn’t do for runners, and how being evidence based therapists can make it work better.
Dr. Guillaume Millet talks about his research investigating the physiological, neurophysiological and biomechanical factors associated with fatigue, including that associated with UltraTrail Running.