Improved Running Form to Heal and Prevent Injuries
Many clients come to me because, after having tried many other modalities to help heal chronic and acute injuries, they recognize that running form is critical not only to heal their injuries, but also to prevent them. My ground-zero, number-one intention with all my runners is to stay uninjured. No one should be running with pain, nor is it always necessary to take long detours and layoffs from most of the injuries that plague us.
My assessment of an injury comes from my professional (Running Coaching in Boulder, Colorado) and personal experience of 25 years, and knowing how to get to the root of the problem. I focus on two things: helping you change your running form, and helping you understand the deeper issues related to the structural imbalances that might be going on in your body. Sometimes there is actually a quick and easy fix, but usually it takes time, patience, and consistent work to get things to change. Regardless, you come out with a thorough understanding of exactly how to avoid the injury in the future and not be threatened by it over and over again. As painful as it is to be injured, almost all of my clients feel empowered by the opportunity of having gone through the process and gaining a thorough knowledge of improved running form and how to prevent their injuries in the future.
Injuries are most often related to poor body mechanics or the combination of form and something unbalanced in your training program. Common training mistakes include inconsistent or erratic training, lack of balance or placements of key workouts, and especially overtraining beyond what your form can handle. Intelligent training choices along with adjusting mechanics and technique can resolve a lot of our nagging injuries, either chronic or acute. Clients of mine who run with other running groups are often known and respected for the “wise training” that they maintain, and are often used as an example of someone who doesn’t get injured because of poor or erratic training.
My experience comes from having been through many injuries myself as an ultra runner as well as coaching hundreds — maybe even thousands — of runners with injuries and getting people through them successfully in the Boulder/Denver area. I know the ins and outs of just about every injury. If I don’t, I can send you to the right person for the job given the nature of what’s going on for you. The Boulder area is rich with experts for healing!
It’s common also though, that my clients report that they have had a gait analysis elsewhere and understand some of the basic problems that lie in their running form, but they weren’t left with what to do about it or how to change it. I work step-by-step, and I give clear instructions and homework for each session so you have a very clear picture of just what to work on.
Stay uninjured. It’s not that as an athlete, there aren’t some nicks and bruises along the way, but my goal is to teach you the skills necessary to know what to do form-wise when injuries come up. No one wants to be living in fear of the next threatening injury. Instead, you can begin developing the confidence and tools to know what to do if something does arise. You can get more and more in touch with your body through body sensing with my methodology. Then you will have both the tools and knowledge it takes to heal your own injuries.
Proper Body Mechanics and Consistency
Injuries are most often related to poor body mechanics, something erratic in your training program(such as inconsistencies due to the balance or placements of key workouts, or overtraining.
If you are injured, I will take you through the steps of form work and program development to resolve your injury as quickly as possible without compromising your long-term goals.
I will work with you step-by-step through the recovery process, integrating pool therapy, short runs, and other recovery techniques. Depending on the type of injury and your training base with running, you might have to temporarily put your mileage and speed goals aside to recover properly and correct the problems that may have caused the injury. On the other hand, I have helped many runners continue training straight through their injuries without compromising their training program or race goals at all.
I teach “Healing on the Run,” a unique repertoire of skills offering an alternative to conventional treatments so you can avoid missed running and heal your injuries more quickly.