Returning to Running: From the Clinic to the Track
Section: Federal PT Section
Session Code: FD-1A-4700
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 1,2,3,4
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate
With running being the primary mode of endurance training in the US military, it is important for clinicians to both understand the factors that may increase the risk of running-related injury and identify strategies for returning an injured soldier back to running. Several strategies have been proposed to reduce loads to the lower extremity and reduce risk of injury, including reducing stride length, adopting a running style with an increased step rate, and using a forefoot strike. Runners with a history of lower extremity overuse injuries have been trained to land softly/quietly쳌 in a laboratory setting with live biofeedback. Runners with lower extremity injuries may belong to subgroups that would benefit from gait retraining, such as patellofemoral pain syndrome, anterior shin pain, tibial stress fracture, and having had anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.Identifying individuals who would benefit most and providing them with gait retraining as part of a comprehensive plan of care may aid in returning them to running in a more efficient manner. Clinicians face the challenge of identifying time-conscious, affordable intervention strategies for running-related injuries; they also need to be able to accurately measure outcomes. Clinicians may already own basic technology that would help them perform in-clinic and on-field gait analyses with their patients. In this session, the speakers will review the impact of running form on injury, identify emerging subgroups that may benefit from run retraining, and describe a clinically focused gait analysis, run retraining, and return-to-run progression for patients following surgery or injury.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Discuss the evidence for various running styles and injury risk, including who may be most appropriate for gait retraining interventions.
2. Describe a training program to transition someone from a rearfoot strike pattern to a non-rearfoot strike pattern.
3. Describe the subgroups of runners who may benefit from transitioning from a rearfoot strike pattern to a non-rearfoot strike pattern.
4. Understand the use of technology in performing gait analysis in the outpatient physical therapy clinic setting.
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