Running is a common form of exercise to stay fit or “get in shape”. It offers a great physiologic benefit in a relatively short period of time compared to other forms of aerobic training. Running is quite convenient, all you need is a pair of shoes and to walk out your door. However, up to 79 % of all runners will sustain a running related injury during any given year. Given these astonishing statistics one must be aware some common characteristic that may contribute to running injuries.
- Running mechanics
- Surface (road vs trail)
- Training schedule
- Muscle imbalances (flexibility and strength)
An evaluation of your running shoe, form, and a thorough musculoskeletal examination can identify problem areas and minimize the risk of injury. A running evaluation consists observation, video analysis and coaching. Also included is an assessment of lower extremity flexibility and strength as well as core stability. Following this comprehensive individualized examination specific exercises, coaching and feedback on running form will lead to a more efficient injury free running.