The best brace that is the most difficult to put on
At SPC, we use the SERF strap a lot. It is a useful tool that can be applied for short term, volume increases when breakdowns occur. It can be used for pain for the ankle, knee and hip. The strap helps by controlling the hip into internal rotation and adduction and therefore can prevent excessive hip adduction, internal rotation, knee valgus, or too rapid pronation and tibial internal rotation.
But it is hard to put on. So I made a video to help.
I perform running analyses everyday in order to improve performance or get an athlete past an injury. Viewing the changes in muscle action and joint angles of each phase from stance to float to swing phases provides insight into a runner’s performance and problems. The incredible coordination of running is not conscious and lets me get a glimpse of person’s overall nervous and musculoskeletal system. It is a natural process (at least prior to coaching).
But if it is natural, what about it hurts us? Can we analyze your gait in enough depth to figure out why you are hurting?
The truth is that analyzing running gait is not enough. The how and why someone runs with their current pattern or why they may be susceptible to injury cannot be determined by watching them run without checking out other ‘things’. Injury prevention is not as simple as a switch to a midfoot or forefoot (which anecdotally is the most common statement I hear from repeat injury offenders). AND injury prevention is never a clear proposition- it is more of moving probability that you are constantly trying to lower through screening and intervention.
What are these other ‘things’?
We have to dig into the exam, which seems to surprise runners that come to see us because we have a reputation as gait specialists. There have been runners who come in for a running analysis who I do not analyze for running gait because of the glaring problems in the basic exam that must be addressed before we move on to a gait correction. Without a thorough exam, running gait cannot be explained. Sure, I can determine how much pelvic drop is present, but the ‘why’ is missing. And the ‘why’ is critical for injury prevention and overall performance.
Today’s post will give an overview of how to use running analysis within a framework of diagnosis.
At our clinic we dig into 5 general areas:
Should I stop running?
Running related injuries are commonly seen for physical therapy at Smith Performance Center. Unlike some of the advice you may hear, stopping can prolong the problem. Rest does not automatically equal recovery or resolution of an injury. A nice tool to consider learning is the modified low dye. It can help to reduce foot and lower leg pain while allowing for you to continue training.