• Running Mechanics and Physical Therapy

    February 9, 2017: A recent New York Times article “How to Run Like a Girl,” explored the differences between women and men who run.

    One of the experts featured in the story is physical therapist Blaise Williams, PT, PhD, who studies running mechanics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

    Running mechanics is a new area of research. Much is still unknown, but this much is clear: women and men do tend to run differently.

    In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Williams discusses how women and men run differently, and what’s in the future for running science.

    Listen to Move Forward Radio or download the podcast on iTunes.

    Read more about how physical therapists can help runners and their related conditions in the Health Center for Runners.

    Blaise Williams, PT, PhD, is an associate professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Therapy and director of the VCU RUN LAB, housed in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. His main teaching responsibilities are within the orthopedic and sports curriculum, and he continues to treat athletes of all levels at the VCU Sports Medicine Clinic. His research interests are in the areas of biomechanics and pathomechanics of running injuries, dynamic balance after injury, and limb coordination during functional tasks.