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Simplifying the Complexities of Running with Running Basics

Updated: Aug 19

I recently did an interview with Evidence in Motion (EIM) for their PT Elevated Podcast series. I had a great time chatting with JJ and Kory and sharing some vital things I've learned in my work with runners and other athletes.


If you'd like to listen to the podcast right away, here's the link!


Otherwise, I’d like to share a little bit more about the podcast for this week's newsletter. I firmly believe in working from a theory of abundance - there is never a lack of opportunity to learn something in our field, and we are fortunate to be able to evolve our practices overtime so that we can find the right treatment for an athlete, with the best available evidence.


With the RunDNA system, we’ve turned running research into a systematic approach. We've gathered & created various assessments that get right to the basics to help you navigate treatment and injury management for your athletes. Some of these include: the Running Readiness Assessment and the Unilateral Hip Bridge Endurance Test. I've love to know, are you currently using these in your practice? The below basics are some of the most useful things I’ve learned and integrated into my approach to getting success with runners.


Top Clinical Pearls from the Podcast:


1) Nearly 60% of all running injuries are related to training load error! Oftentimes, athletes are doing too much, too often, and it can lead to issues. In the podcast, we talk about how to address this as well as highlight our RunDNA App and how it tracks Acute to Chronic Workload Ratios for all your athletes to help stay ahead of injury & burnout!


2) Overstriding is a highly common issue in runners, and we love Marching Drills as cues to help teach people to be aware of their foot placement and work toward correcting this gait mechanic.


3) Mobility is not ability, and stability is not ability. It's super important to be able to identify when something's not firing the right way. Then, you want to teach your athletes how to Isolate, Integrate, and ultimately Optimize.


In the podcast, I also share a few of the research articles that encouraged me to change the way I treat runners. Let me know how they've changed your perspective after you read them!


Have a great week!

Doug

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