A Comprehensive Approach to Preventing and Treating Running Injuries
As the popularity of running continues to soar, so does the risk of injuries associated with this high-impact activity. Recognising the need for a proactive and personalised approach to injury prevention and treatment, Wandsworth Physiotherapy has developed the Run Fit assessment. This innovative screening tool goes beyond the surface to examine key factors such as foot posture, mechanics, movement patterns, flexibility, and strength. By delving into these aspects, the Run Fit assessment becomes a crucial tool for both preventing running injuries and identifying their root causes.
Understanding the Run Fit Assessment
Wandsworth Physiotherapy’s Run Fit assessment is not just another fitness evaluation; it’s a specialised screening tool designed specifically for runners. The assessment comprises a thorough analysis of various elements that contribute to a runner’s overall biomechanics and musculoskeletal health. Through this comprehensive evaluation, our physiotherapists aim to identify potential issues before they escalate into injuries or address existing problems to facilitate a swift and effective recovery.
Foot Posture and Mechanics
One of the primary focuses of the Run Fit assessment is the examination of foot posture and mechanics. The way a runner’s foot interacts with the ground can significantly impact the entire kinetic chain. Improper foot mechanics can lead to overpronation or supination, increasing the risk of injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis. During the assessment, the physiotherapist analyses the runner’s foot posture and arch support to determine if any abnormalities exist that may contribute to or cause running injuries.
Another crucial aspect of the Run Fit assessment is the evaluation of movement patterns. The way a runner’s body moves while running can reveal potential weaknesses, imbalances, or compensatory mechanisms. By closely observing the client’s squat, single leg squat and hops, our physiotherapist can identify any deviations from the optimal movement patterns. We can also look at pelvic mechanics and addressing these issues early on can help prevent the development of injuries and enhance overall running efficiency.
Flexibility and Strength
Flexibility and strength play pivotal roles in a runner’s performance and injury resilience. The Run Fit assessment includes a comprehensive analysis of the runner’s flexibility, focusing on key muscle groups involved in running. Additionally, the assessment evaluates strength levels, identifying any muscle imbalances or weaknesses that may contribute to injuries. Based on these findings, our physiotherapists can design an individually tailored home exercise program to address specific flexibility and strength deficits.
Running gait analysis
We can also provide you with instruction on how to film your running gait that you can send to us for analysis. Some very simply changes in step rate, stride length, stride width and also to your running gait can help prevent or resolve an injury.
For those who have already sustained an injury we can upgrade your appointment to include an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound is a great imaging tool for the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, calf strains, patella tendon, hamstring injuries and glute tendons.
Individually Tailored Home Exercise Program
The true strength of the Run Fit assessment lies in its ability to provide personalised insights. Rather than offering generic advice, our Team can craft a home exercise program based on the unique needs and findings of your imbalances. This program aims to correct identified weaknesses, improve flexibility, and enhance overall biomechanics. By incorporating these targeted exercises into your routine, you can actively contribute to injury prevention and rehabilitation. We can also look at your training plan to identify training errors and assist in load management.
The Run Fit assessment offered by Wandsworth Physiotherapy emerges as a game-changer. By delving into foot posture, mechanics, movement patterns, flexibility, and strength, as well as running gait analysis and ultrasound scans this screening tool provides a comprehensive understanding of a runner’s musculoskeletal health. Whether as a pre-emptive measure or a targeted intervention, the Run Fit assessment equips runners with the knowledge and tools to safeguard their passion for running while minimising the risk of injuries.