How do we treat runners at BAP
Many running injuries are not related to adverse biomechanics but due to poor training techniques. This could be….
- Large training volumes with limited recovery
- Progressing training too quickly
- Poor running shoes and running surfaces
When assessing running we look for symmetry from the front ( coronal plane), the side (sagittal) and transverse plans. If a faulty pattern is identified (asymmetry) we then relate it to the current symptoms and then find the cause of the asymmetry.
This may be due to joint stiffness, muscle weakness or neuromuscular control problems or it may simply be a running technique issue that can be controlled with advice and running drills.
Common running injuries include:
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendon pain
- Plantar fascittis
- Anterior knee pain
- Chronic hamstrings, hip flexor strains
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
- Low back pain.
With experience treating members of the Defence Force over the past 2 years, BAP is very experienced in the assessment and management of running injuries.