A Call for all Runners – optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury

“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
Dean Karnazes

 

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.

For many, running is an integral part of their life. Running gives an almost indescribable feeling of accomplishment and provides a powerful relief. It helps to clear your mind and reduces stress. As such, running is pure therapy for the soul. If there is a problem, you are struggling with, go run a mile and see what happens! While running may not help you to solve all your problems, it definitely will help you through the tough times of life. At the same, understand why running is so powerful. 

 

Runners sweat and train each day, some with an enthusiasm to achieve more while others with a fight going on every moment between their brains and hearts.

 

Typically, Training is important for running because with it comes a need of

  • Greater balance
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Greater joint range of movement i.e. flexibility
  • Good running posture; which improve their mileage and performance on field

 

In spite of rigorous training, the athletes suffer from on and off pain and injuries, which not only hampers their physical capability to achieve more but also weakens their morale, emotional quotient. Most runners train in groups where it is not possible to address flexibility or strength specific to the individual. 

 

If you are into your running, you may have heard of Gait Analysis.

It is a method for identifying biomechanical faults in the running gait cycle, or in other words, it’s a tool used to assess the way in which you run. It can be beneficial in that it can identify any overactive or underactive muscles in the body, which could lead to potential injuries and inefficiencies in the future. It is further helpful in

  1. Understanding your Foot Strike
  2. Analyzing Running Mechanics
  3. Improving current Cadence 
  4. Recovering & Prevention from Injury

 

Understanding the RUNNING GAIT CYCLE is imperative for proper clinical analysis and communication with runners. It includes analyzing ankle, knee, hip and pelvis position at various phases of a running cycle and comparing it to the reference data and further discussing the report catering the need of the runner.

For a good running economy, running posture has to be appropriate which includes:

  1. Correct foot strike pattern
  2. Proper knee bending during landing for shock absorption
  3. Controlled pelvic movements 
  4. Appropriate hip extension 
  5. Adequate trunk bending 
  6. Limited vertical movement

Analyze your body and give yourself an improved lifestyle and better performance in the sport you love.

 

By 

Dr. Richa Tandon (PT) 

M.P.T (MUSCULOSKELETAL)

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