Why Do Runners Need Strength and Conditioning?
Runners need strength and conditioning to ensure the body's equilibrium is maintained as they run. The human body moves through the path of least resistance and when muscles are imbalanced during running it can lead to reduced performance and in some cases injury. Specific strength and conditioning of the quad, gluteal and calf muscles in particular are essential for runners to perform at their best.
What to Expect
Your physiotherapist will assess your joints and muscles to identify areas of reduced mobility, muscle tightness and weakness to create an individual strength and conditioning program for you. You will discuss your short term and long term goals to ensure your program is individually designed to achieve them within realistic timeframes. Our specialist physiotherapists will also conduct a biomechanical running assessment to further identify flaws and improve your running style.
Your physiotherapy assessment and treatment may also include the following:
- Functional movement assessment
- 3D video running analysis
- Gait retraining
- Running style rehabilitation including cues and drills
- Footwear advice
- Warm up/cool down advice
- Manual therapy such as joint mobilisation and deep soft tissue release
- Flexibility program
- Acupuncture/dry needling
The Benefits of a Strength and Conditioning Program
A strength and conditioning program will improve your overall running economy (or efficiency) by providing you with greater power and correction of flaws in your running style, reducing your risk of injury by 50%.
Other benefits of strength and conditioning are:
- Correction of any muscular imbalance
- Faster pace
- Enhanced performance in sport
- Quicker recovery following running injury
- Increased flexibility
- Increased accuracy
- Improved co-ordination
- Better balance and body awareness
- Improved postural position while running
How do I book in for an assessment?
To book a biomechanical running assessment with one of the specialist physiotherapists, please call Physio.co.uk on 0330 088 7800 today. . You can also book appointments online using our online booking system