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Runners are often recommended foam rolling to prevent running injury. But does it truly help? In reply to a reader’s email, Matt Phillips investigates.read more
"I need to buy some proper running shoes for the first time. I’ve had a hip problem and my physio says go for something minimalist as I should be running on my forefoot but the running shop said I need ‘stability’ shoes for my pronation. What should I go for?" - Gary...read more
"I'm looking to get fitter in 2014 and have taken up running. After few runs, I have started to get a dull ache in my knees, which slowly increases. I visited the doctor but they weren't able to find anything, or advise me how I could protect or support my knee. I...read more
I haven’t been able to run for 6 months. I’ve been resting all the time because of shin splints but am now getting aching symptoms in my lower right leg on the outside, even when I sit down. It feels very sore when I run my fingers along the bone and just a few minutes of walking can start it. Maybe I have to accept running is not for me?read more
I always have a pain in the back of my leg and sometimes up into my bottom when I sit down. I always warm up and stretch after my runs but sometimes pain stops me from running and hurts when I pick up my daughter who is 3 years old. Any advice appreciated.read more
Many runners I see in clinic are still being told by shoe shop staff, personal trainers or other therapists that the ‘reason they are in pain’ or ‘the way to become a better runner’ is to change their heel strike to a midfoot or forefoot strike (see an email I received from a reader worried about their heel strike here). Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and despite the good intention it is delivered with, advice like this can even cause injury.read more
Video gait analysis was once something that only elite runners would use. Then shoe shops started using treadmills as a way of prescribing footwear. Sadly, they got that a little wrong (more on that later) but suddenly runners of all abilities found themselves being offered video gait analysis as a way of reducing injury and increasing performance. How effective is gait analysis in doing this?read more
For runners struggling with pain or injury, it can often be confusing as to what type of health professional to visit. In a previous article we considered the difference between a sports therapist, physiotherapist, osteopath and chiropractor but experience shows that at the end most of us do not care what the therapist has studied, as long as they can fix us. And here lies the problem. The belief that the human body can be ‘fixed’ by a therapist’s hands is probably one of the main reasons that so many runners struggle with delayed recovery or re-injury.read more
Ever heard of the term ‘plyometric’? Some of you may already know it as a term used to describe explosive, jumping type exercises e.g. squat jumps, skaters, clapping press ups, etc. They tend to be a popular addition to boot camp style circuit training because as anyone who has done them will testify, they can be particularly tiring if not soul destroying. The fact is, research does plyometric exercise can be a significant factor in reducing risk of running related injury, so we best take a look…read more
Half marathon preparation may be for 13.1 miles instead of 26.2, but it’s still just as important to reduce risk of injury and make to race day ready for am awesome performance. Let’s look at some of the most important elements of preparation and ways in which we can help you!read more
Matt Phillips is a Running Injury & Performance Specialist based in Sussex, England. As a writer for numerous publications & websites, he has spoken at international conferences and is a lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology. For enquiries & bookings, please use the contact form.