CSA Physio Blog

Did you sit out from the last Lululemon 10km run? You don’t have to miss the next big race. If you’re an avid runner with an injury, this one’s for you!

Posted on: October 24th, 2019 by Jessica Shannon

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Running injuries are common among the general population. This is because running is an activity that does not require much training to get started. Most people are able to throw on some runners and go outside for a leisurely jog. However, running is actually an extremely complex movement when broken down into all its phases. This may be why many individuals incur injuries because they are not equipped for the repetitive load running places on the body.
A physiotherapist can assess the missing link in your running regime and ensure you don’t miss out on your next race or the daily run that you love so much!

The Foot

While running seems like a simple activity, it demands the entire body work in unison. First, the 26 foot bones, which fit together like a Tetris puzzle, take on all the forces of the body as soon as you strike the ground. Those forces are then transmitted up to the knee, and hip while terminating in the upper body. Many issues may be affecting this process including incorrect shoe choice, shoe wear, training errors, or other biomechanical factors associated with how you run.


A thorough analysis of your biomechanics can help you recover from or even prevent a host of running injuries. The issue may be weakness or that you have been running without doing the extra leg work (no pun intended). These injuries require close assessment for muscle imbalances including muscle weakness or length and poor movement patterns. I will perform a detailed movement analysis to pick apart your movement patterns and find the culprit of your pain. I will look at how your hip, knee and ankle work together while standing still balancing on one foot (static) and moving (dynamic) to find where your faults lie so we can improve them.

Running is an endurance activity which is why most people do not think strength training is required to be a better runner. Why would you lift weights to help you run further? Because joints require muscles to move them and keep them in place when required. If muscles are not strong enough to do this than your joints will take on the forces and this can lead to injuries.

So while you want to hit the ground running, come see me first to ensure you do so in an efficient way to avoid injuries.


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