• If at all possible, please come to your appointment dressed in running or gym gear, (we have an area where you can change), and please bring along any running shoes you regularly wear.
• Successful running injury rehab starts with a thorough assessment & diagnosis of your injury. In a small number of cases, this can require a referral on for further investigations, such as an MRI scan, to assist the diagnostic process & make sure that you get the treatment that you need to fully recover & get back to running as soon as possible.
• If you are still able to run, completing a treadmill-based gait analysis is an important part of your assessment to identify if your running style, may be contributing to your injury. Where appropriate, this allows for gait retraining to take place, giving you simple advice regarding technical adjustments to your running style.
• You will be provided with a tailored, injury-specific rehabilitation program to address any deficits, such as muscle strength, flexibility & balance. You will also be advised if hands-on treatment such as joint mobilisations, massage, & taping techniques are likely to be helpful to assist your recovery.
• Finally, your clinical diagnosis will be discussed & a treatment plan will be agreed with you, which will aim to work towards your running & exercise related goals.
• It is important to follow-up your progress, to make adjustments to your injury-specific rehab program & also to carry out a broader assessment of your strength, power & endurance in muscle groups that influence your running performance & your injury.
• Follow-up sessions allow for an in-depth assessment of your strength, power & endurances using standardised & objective tests. This information is then used to implement, or optimise your current exercise/rehab program.
• Follow-up sessions also allow for further gait retraining advice & to fine tune your running technique.
Once you’re injury-free:
Scott has well-established links to UK Athletics Qualified Run Coaches & local running clubs, which can be a huge help for runners looking to achieve the next PB or just to enjoy the social side of running. Running with a club is a great way to boost your speed and aid commitment.
There are no short cuts:
As 1981 World Marathon Champion, Robert de Castella once said ‘There are no shortcuts, you must train at your optimal level, not your maximum level’. The same principle applies to running rehab, but with expert advice & a lot of hard work, results can be impressive & rewarding.
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