This year’s RCL International Running Conference in Brighton, UK was a huge success! If you were unable to attend or would like to watch it again, fear not as RECORDINGS of all the speakers’ presentations are available to watch at your own pace. They can be purchased individually on this website or you can get access to all of them them by joining the RCL2019 Facebook Group.
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Gait Analysis Special with legendary podiatrist Trevor Prior and run3D founder Dr. Jessica Leitch, discussing the role of Gait Analysis in treating musculoskeletal overuse injuries. How much of what a runner expects from Gait Analysis can actually be delivered? To what extent does ever advancing technology help runners minimise injury and maximise performance?
In Ep.34 of Runchatlive, we are honoured to be joined by Dr. Derek Griffin, a hugely important player in the dissemination of evidence based practice. Dr. Griffin discusses ways in which the assessment of runners has had to evolve in order to encompass developments in our understanding of pain.
Dr. Izzy Moore is a highly respected researcher of Running Biomechanics and Injury with multiple published papers. In this episode she talks with us about the role of research in evidence based practice.
Nils Oudhuis, creator of education website www.trustme-ed.com and Facebook Group Trust me, I’m a Physiotherapist talks to us about his experiences training to become a Physiotherapist, and how the obstacles he discovered caused him to create the website.
Mike James (a.k.a. The Endurance Physio) and Malcolm Sloan (founder of Sports Injury Fix) discuss what runners can do to find a suitably skilled therapist and what therapists can do GET found by runners. The site www.sportsinjuryfix.com is a directory for therapists AND a software system for taking bookings in clinic.
“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 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’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!”
Of all the aches and pains suffered by runners, pain on the heel or sole of the foot is one of the most common – so common in fact that most sufferers find it simple to remember its Latin name: ‘Plantar Fasciitis’. What’s not so simple however is how to recover from it.
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 Unfortunately, advice like this can cause injury.
Once something that only an elite runner would ever see, Video Gait Analysis has today reached new technological levels and is used by many in the hope of reducing injury & increasing performance. Just how useful is it?
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.
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…
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.