An injury from running is simply brought on by doing a lot of running beyond what the body can handle. The issue is that runners need to push harder should they wish to achieve improved times. However, pushing too hard before the body getting the chance to get used to working so hard ensures that there is an increased threat for injury. There's a fine line involving running hard to increase running speeds and working very hard so that an injury happens. In addition to this issue of the way the amount of work of the athlete is managed, there are a variety of additional factors that can increase the probability of exercise related injury. These may be the use of the wrong athletic shoes or perhaps there could be intrinsic structural factors that affect the way in which the athlete really runs. Running strategy is today thought to be an important matter in overuse injury causes and protection. In an edition of the podiatry live, PodChatLive, the hosts chatted of these problems with the physiotherapist, Stacey Meardon, PT, PhD. The hosts and Stacey described some of her research that has looked at those structural risks for overuse injury, especially the step width change for medial stress syndrome and knee injury. There were several excellent clinical pearls to consider when a runner presents to your facility having a suspected bone stress injury.
Stacey Meardon is a Physical Therapist in addition to Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the United States of America. Her major research interests include neuromuscular as well as structural elements that contribute to injuries in athletes. The primary goal of her scientific studies are to stop exercise related injury in the active populations hoping to improve lasting bone and joint health as well as get rid of every obstacles to exercise. Stacey's research is largely aimed at identifying alignment issues which bring about overuse injury and raised tissue stress in the course of physical exercise so that interventions that clinicians can fix biomechanical factors related to overuse injury, reduce pain, as well as improve biomechanics.