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Running technique training: A new approach in injury management and prevention and performance

Running Assessment & Rehabilitation Physio Cairns

Injuries related to both recreational and competitive running are very common and are reported to be as high as 90% in those training for a marathon. Injuries are unsurprisingly mostly in the lower limbs and the most common injury by far was to the knee, typically on the anterior aspect (e.g. patellofemoral syndrome). Other commonly cited injuries include iliotibial band friction syndrome, tibial stress syndrome, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and meniscal injuries of the knee.

A graduated training programme seems to clearly help prevent injuries, with special attention to avoid any sudden increases in running load or intensity. However, injuries still occur frequently in experienced runners and modern management is predominantly focussed on local treatment of the affected area.

How often do we hear of running technique training to improve the biomechanics of how we run and avoid overloading joints and soft tissue unnecessarily? Most other sports have a significant focus on technique training, with swimming being a perfect example.

Running is a complex movement pattern that utilise all the major muscles and joints in the body and is reliant on skill and precise timing to carry out effectively. Clearly, changing aspects of running mechanics that result in less energy expenditure and better biomechanical alignment will improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Using high tech video analysis to identify running technique faults and biomechanical issues, a program can be put in place for you to treat and prevent injury and improve your performance.

Running Physio Cairns

Contact us now. As this assessment requires more time than a standard consultation, unfortunately you can’t book on line.

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At Proactive Physiotherapy we recognise that people still injure themselves, and are in pain, so we are still open for face-to-face consultations for the time being, In the interests of everybody's health we are trying to minimise these face to face treatments, so if your condition can be helped without face to face treatment we will offer you telehealth or phone consults.

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Julie Faulks and the entire Proactive Physio team.