Posts Tagged ‘running injuries’

Solihull Running Injury Clinic relocates to Blossomfield Rd Solihull

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Solihull runners can now access running injury treatments in Blossomfield Rd near Solihull railway station.  Atlas running injury clinic the running injury specialists offer injury treatments, advice, prescription orthotics, video gait analysis, laser foot scans and sports massage.

Check out the injury advice website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Solihull town centre gets new running injury clinic

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Running Injuries treated in Solihull town centre by Solihull sports physiotherapists John Williams and Peter Taylor.  The Atlas Running Injury Clinic is a Solihull sports injury clinic that specialises in running injuries and can offer advice and treatment for injured runners.

Atlas look after all runners from the Birmingham Half Marathon to the London Marathon and provide injury treatment, sports massage and fit prescription orthotics for overpronation.

Atlas will be moving from the Hall Green venue into the Solihull town centre in 2013.  More details contact 0121 745 8792 or visit the website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Solihull Sports Injury Clinic to mover closer to Solihull town centre

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Solihull sports injury clinic is searching for new premises and will relocate nearer to Solihull town centre in early 2013.

Sports physiotherapist John Williams and his team will be looking for a suitable venue to host the Atlas Running injury Clinic and provide Solihull customers with easier parking and better facilities. Running injuries treated locally so if you have a running injury telephone 0121 745 8792

Check out our website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk for advice on running injuries

Olympic Athlete hopefuls visit Solihull Running Injury Clinic

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Meghan Beesley and Nathan Woodward with Solihull Physiotherapist

 

Two Elite UKA athletes visit solihull physiotherapist John Williams and his team at Solihull running Injury Clinic.  Meghan Beesley and Nathan Woodward have a long relationship with Atlas Pain Relief Centre who have supported the  two athletes since they were teenagers.

Now hoping for selection for the 2012 London Olympic Games the two will be well supported in their efforts to put local athletes on the map

www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk  is a useful website if you are a runner and want injury advice or book an appointment for treatment on 0121 745 8792

London Marathon Injury Advice from Birmingham Sports Injury Clinic

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

As the spring marathon and road running season approaches, here at the Atlas Sports Injury Clinic we are again treating an increasing number of lower limb injuries.  Our website www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk is packed with injury information and advice and well worth a visit.

Many runners, either new to the sport or stepping up to longer distances will experience aches and pains in their legs.

Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Listen to your body and if needs be, act on it!

Any type of training can cause aches and pains in the muscles. The term Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is a normal response as damaged muscle fibres repair themselves after training. Typically this can leave muscles feeling tender one or two days following a training session. Depending on how tough the training session was, the pain generally eases within a few days.

An injury is typically an ache or pain that does not go away and causes you to either reduce your training or stop altogether. One of the most common injuries we address in the clinic is Medial Tibial Stress syndrome (MTSS).

Below is a general overview of the injury:

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

What is it?   

Shin splints is the term used to describe a group of lower leg injuries.  One specific type of shin pain is medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) and is one of the most common causes of exercise related lower leg pain. 

The pain of MTSS commonly occurs along the inside of the lower half of the shin bone (the tibia). Long term repetitive sports activities cause excessive stress and strain around the location where the sheath covering the posterior tibialis muscle attaches to the shin bone.

Who does it affect?

As well as athletes, the injury can occur in any physically active persons. On the whole it is usually seen in runners. The injury rate tends to be higher in females. 

Other sports in which athletes are most commonly affected usually involve running and jumping i.e. gymnastics, long jumping, basketball and volleyball.   

What are the common symptoms?

The most common symptom is pain and tenderness along the inside of the lower half of the shin. 

Pain occurs at the beginning of a run but may ease off after a while only to recur at the end of the run.

The pain is made worse by repetitive weight bearing activities. 

Some swelling may be felt along the shin.

What should I do if I have medial tibial stress syndrome? 

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above:

See a Sports Podiatrist as soon as possible. They will be able to assess and diagnose the problem and advise on the best course of treatment. 

If treated early, you can avoid any long term problems and damage and return to training sooner. 

An accurate diagnosis from a health professional is essential as this is also a common location of stress fractures of the tibia.

Alter your training to active rest as much as possible, avoiding high impact activities. You can maintain a level of fitness with low impact activities such as cycling and swimming. 

Treat the area with ice on a regular basis.

How can it be prevented?

Make sure you are wearing the right footwear for you feet and your sport, a Sports Podiatrist can help with advice.

Regular, correct calf stretching can help. Tight calf muscles may contribute to the development of MTSS. Tightness or shortness in these muscles can reduce ankle joint movement, affect foot function and can reduce shock absorption when the foot strikes the ground.

Mix up the surfaces you train on, softer, off road surfaces will reduce some of the repetitive impact of running.

Make sure any increase in mileage or intensity is gradual – allow your body to adapt to what you are asking it to do.

 

What can a Sports Podiatrist do?

A common factor found in MTSS is flat or low arched feet. A Sports Podiatrist can assess the alignment of your foot and leg when standing, walking and running, and determine whether the injury is due to faulty foot and/or lower limb biomechanics: In which case you may be advised on the benefits of wearing foot orthotics in your shoes. 

Orthotics can improve the position, function and efficiency of the foot, which may help to reduce the stress and pain along the shin caused by MTSS. 

A Sports Podiatrist can also advise on an appropriate sports shoe and a muscle stretching programme to address any muscle imbalances or tightness you may have.

Contact our running injury clinic for an appointment by telephoning 01827 59943

 

 

 

 

Winter running training tips from Birmingham runner

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Winter Running can be difficult and advice from veteran runner Peter Taylor of Atlas Sports Injury Clinic in Solihull Birmingham may be useful.

Visit the running injury website for advice on running injuries www.runninginjuryclinic.co.uk

Peter heads the Atlas Running Injury Clinic where he treats running injuries and advises on injury prevention.  Peter is a Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Podiatrist with many years experience as a top runner himself.

 Winter Running – The onset of dark winter nights, and cold, wet weather is often the time when a runners spirit is dampened and the enthusiasm for training is somewhat diminished.

The thought of having to drag yourself out in the cold and wet conditions day after day quickly becomes less attractive than sitting in the warm, watching the telly.  Before you know it,  all the benefits gained from the hard work done during the spring, summer and autumn start to dwindle away.

But don’t despair; winter training has its advantages. OK there may be days when underfoot conditions i.e. ice, frost, wet leaves, may not be conducive to running faster sessions (repetitions/fartlek), but now is the time to build up base mileage and aerobic fitness.

Use the winter months to build up strength and stamina. If you have planned a spring half or full marathon now is the time to build on the regular long runs.

Go ‘off road’ it’s a great way to break the monotony of routine road runs. Use the countryside or local parks.

Running over parkland and countryside can be exhilarating, in a heavy frost or snow fall there is nothing better, fresh air, fantastic scenery, no traffic.

Off road running can also be a great training aid, softer surfaces and undulating ground will help strengthen the legs for later ventures on the road. Your foot plant will change with every step due to the uneven terrain – this will help strengthen muscles in the lower limbs.

Holding momentum over uneven, soft surfaces is harder work than road running. So don’t worry that your stopwatch is indicating that your pace is down.

Use these sessions to focus on your running form and get the sense of freedom from running on the countryside.

Winter Races                              

Although during the winter there tends to be fewer running events on the calender, there are some regularly held runs.

‘Parkrun’ stage weekly 5km runs on a nationwide basis. These are free to enter, timed runs, held every Saturday at 9.00am. Visit the ‘parkrun’ website to register.

Locally we are blessed with runs at two locations – Brueton Park, Solihull and the War Memorial Park in Coventry.

Centurion Running Club stage their winter ‘grand prix’ in North Solihull on the first Sunday of the month from November to April over a 5 mile course.

Running over a set course every month or so is a great way of gauging your level of fitness and/or progress.

Winter tips

Join your local jogging/running club or try to run with friends. Arranging to meet up with someone gets you out of the door, when you may be more inclined to give training a miss and stay indoors.

Stay safe. If you’re running in the dark make sure you have plenty of reflective panels on your clothing, to enable you to be seen by motorists.

Clothing check list.

Wear a base layer to take moisture away from the skin.

Use the ‘onion’ system to keep warm, wear plenty of layers of clothing.

A lightweight, breathable waterproof will keep the wind and rain out.

Consider ‘trail’ shoes for more grip when running off road.

Overall enjoy your training and remember, “train hard- win easy”