Many people have taken up the opportunity to run, whatever the reason – to lose weight, enjoyment, fitness, to participate or compete in races and it has the added convenience that you can run when you want to rather than having to be at a specific class at a specific time.
Some people are much better runners than others, they may have a genetic gift to endurance running, but no matter what level you run at you can usually improve. There are now many running programs about on the internet to help you, plus various running clubs and forums.
Footwear – do you go for a neutral shoe, pronation controlled shoe, or have you changed to forefoot running although it can take 6-12 months to change over to this type of running and may not be suitable for everyone, although it is the latest fashion! Then you have the new running shoes developed by oeshshoes.com that allow you to run naturally with a breakthrough design, that is slowly emerging on to the market in the US- still waiting for them to get to the UK, that does away with the need for a controlled shoe. Or the new Adidas boost trainer that reports better energy return from the cushioning.
But it’s a well-known fact that runners somehow get injured but not usually by trauma but by running and usually end up with an “itis” (inflammation) of some sort like Achilles tendonitis or patella tendonitis, or a troublesome illiotibial band syndrome – we often see runners with some sort of strapping on the knee and an odd running gait still trying to get the miles in. Runners are often in one of three cycles which are:-
1 Still running
3 Having treatment
It has been said that since more people have taken up running in the last few years it has given rise to the many injury clinics that are now seen in many towns and cities. Usually many of these injuries are from over doing the training, increasing the running intensity too quickly or something is just wrong with your training program. Core training programs have been the rage over the last few years which have helped immensely with runners improving their muscle imbalances.
Your running pattern may not be what you think it is? Being balanced and coordinated when you run improves running efficiency and also prevents injuries, being un-coordinated can put stress on joints, failing to land the same on both feet which can compromise joints and muscles. Exercises in the gym or core stability training may not always pick up these issues, having a gait analysis may show up these problems, but these are then usually treated with different running shoes or corrective exercises like stretches or strengthening exercises that isolate the muscles.
Improve your motor patterns
Training for coordination, dynamic balance and body awareness may be new to a lot of runners; it can be tested and trained through the use of dynamic movement skills to improve your running gait. Often runners are tested with different stride lengths on each foot, or a different foot plant on each foot compromising your running. Training your central nervous system to improve muscle function to synchronise movement can correct many of these issues.
The Dynamic Movement Skills system uses a series of progressive drills to improve motor ability and synchronise muscle action.
for further information or demonstrations please contact us, classes starting soon in and around Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and Aylesbury.