Posts Tagged ‘calf’

Solihull Running Injury Clinic Podiatrist debates Runners Technique

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Heel strike or Midfoot strike discussed by Solihull Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor.  www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

The recent trend for runners to attempt to alter their running style would seem to be causing as many injury problems as it professes to save. During the past 12 months or so, here in the Atlas Running Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham, we have seen an increasing number of lower limb injuries (generally calf or achilles tendonitis) arising from runners deciding to, or being advised to change their natural running style from heel strike to mid or forefoot strike.

For a good while now, many running ‘experts’ have been preaching that running with a heel strike is the cause of many injuries, and is a less efficient way of running. Trying to come up with any scientific evidence to support this theory proves to be very difficult and as world renowned Sports Podiatrist and Biomechanist Kevin Kirby quotes. “I’m sure that some runners will run better with instruction to strike forefoot first, but most of the studies that have looked at running efficiency seem to indicate that the greatest metabolic efficiency for a runner is at their self selected stride”.

So does it not make sense that a runner will naturally find his/her most efficient style of running with increased training and experience rather than altering their style. When injury free, your body will naturally move in its most metabolically efficient manner. Consciously attempting to alter that will lead to an increase in metabolic cost and an earlier onset of muscle fatigue.

Research suggests that around 85% of runners are heel strikers. As speed increases, most runners will change from heel to midfoot strike and then forefoot strike when sprinting – again a natural adaptation to gain efficiency. But, for the majority of long distance runners out there training at a slower pace, mid foot striking is not a natural style of running. Therefore, heel striking is a more efficient, pain free way to run.

More running injuries are being seen by our physiotherapists because of runners attempting to alter the natural way they run.  look at our very own marathon champion Paula, how many people have suggested she should stop the head nodding I wonder?  Leave her alone and if things are not broken, stop trying to fix it!

 

Advice on running injuries can be obtained by visiting the website or booking an appointment at our Birmingham or Tamworth running injury clinic 01827 59943

 

London Marathon Training Programme needs to include Sports Massage states Solihull Physiotherapist.

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Solihull Physiotherapist John Williams is a firm believer that regular sports massage assists recovery of leg muscles after a long training run.  Lactic acid can build up in the calf, quads and hamstring muscles and bring on soreness and aching which makes further training an effort.

John who is the clinic director of the Atlas Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham is supported by another Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Podiatrist Peter Taylor at their specialist Running Injury Clinic.

They have a dedicated running injury website for tips and injury advice

www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk Appointments can be made by telephoning 01827 59943

The clinic boasts a top flight female sports massage therapist that has been on tour in the far east with Lord of the Dance.  As a special offer Atlas is providing a sports massage promotion for runners which would benefit the 2011 London Marathon runners.

Regular sports massage during your London Marathon training runs will help avoid injury, loosen tight muscles by stretching them and increase the circulation of blood and lymph, removing waste products such as lactic acid.

Physiotherapy in Solihull by our experienced team of Solihull Sports Physiotherapists will ensure you get back running quickly following a training injury.