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Best Practices For Running

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As the running season winds down now is the time to add those foundation building activities that will support your running program next spring. These activities should include continued aerobics, possibly in a different form than running, and also strengthening and flexibility exercises.

The less obvious part of that foundation is your running form or technique. If you have struggled with nagging injuries, it is time to take a close look at your running style to see if you can get over those issues that have interfered with your race day performance and training over the spring and summer.

Good running form can help you to avoid injury by limiting the impact forces of your foot hitting the ground as well as stabilizing your spine and pelvis while also learning to run more efficiently. Efficient running translates into better times and longer pain free distances.

We have helped runners make changes in their running form to control common running related injuries of the foot, ankle, and knee and up the chain to the hip and pelvic girdle by tweaking your form and alignment. We start with video taping your form and looking at this in slow motion from the front, back, and sides. We then develop form practices and supplemental stretching, and strengthening exercises that support your form changes.

After helping runners for over 25 years it is my belief that the vast majority of running related injuries are a result of form related issues. We can help you to understand these issues and set up a plan to correct them.

Please contact us to ask about a running gait evaluation.

EXPERT:
Brad Reynolds, PT, Clinic Director