Whether a runner's goal is to improve his or her time, increase speed or stay fit, it's essential to maintain correct form to prevent injury. Physical therapists can advise runners on proper form, training methods, strategies for preventing injuries, and proper shoe selection and work with them to develop a plan, tailored to their specific needs, for successful running. Physical therapists can also evaluate, diagnose and treat runners who have sustained a running-related injury.
The following resources are provided to help runners move forward!
Move Forward Radio
A physical therapist discusses healthy running and the minimalist footwear movement in this episode of Move Forward Radio. Aaron Keil, PT, DPT, OCS, discusses common aches and pains, outlines the importance of core strength and efficient running form, and he offers advice for runners thinking of making the transition from the traditional running shoe.
The Physical Therapist's Guide to Healthy Running
Physical therapists provide their expertise in preparing for a race, including tips for preventing injury and improving performance.
Symptoms & Conditions Guides
Learn more about conditions commonly experienced by runners and treated by physical therapists.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
'Ask a PT' Answers
The following are questions addressed by MoveForwardPT.com's expert physical therapists about conditions and injuries related to running.
Pulling Hamstrings and Quads
Sore Knees after Running
Sore Ankles from Running
Numb Feet when Running
Foot Muscle Tear
Use of Ankle Weights
"5 Finger" Exercise Shoes
Profile in Movement
Chris Farley owns Pacers Running Stores in northern Virginia. Read how he keeps moving.
e-Book Acknowledgments: Robert Gillanders, PT, DPT, OCS, and Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD