There is a significant disparity between the scientific evidence related to running injuries and the current clinical practices exhibited by healthcare providers. The scientific research on running injuries indicates that the primary cause of injury in runners is quite simple - poor and out-dated training methods. Along similar lines, injury prevention for runners is directly related to the application of sound, sports science-based training principles to increase the overall sports performance capacity of the athlete.The primary goal of RunSmart is to provide runners, coaches, physical therapists, and other health and healthcare providers with a comprehensive approach to injury-free running. This program will examine the scientific evidence related to running injuries: causes, assessment techniques, and treatment approaches. An evidence-based, athlete-centered approach will be presented. This will provide the foundation for the development of a comprehensive injury recovery and injury prevention-based run training program while optimizing the performance of the athlete in the process.
At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:
- Define the relationship between running performance, injury prevention, and injury rehabilitation.
- Discuss the incidence of injuries in the running population.
- Critically examine and assess the current scientific literature on the etiology of running injuries and assessment/treatment approaches utilized for running-related injuries.
- Discuss the primary training principles that are applicable to the running athlete.
- Identify the three primary components of Recovery-Centered Training (mechanical, cognitive, and nutritional) and explain their relevance to optimal training adaptations.
- State the 6 important components of a run training program pyramid.
- Implement evidence-based strategies for running injury recovery and rehabilitation, including principles of optimal human performance, mechanical loading strategies, and tissue repair and remodeling.
- Utilize principles of competent self care in the injury recovery process.
- Define the principles of mechanical loading, critical parameters and dosage of various loading strategies and their application to therapeutic exercise programs for the running athlete.
- Apply optimal training principles in the development of a run training program, in both injured and non-injured athletes.
Allan Besselink, PT is an Austin physical therapist, endurance sports coach, educator, and the author of “RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach To Injury-Free Running”. Allan is one of 400 practitioners internationally who have attained the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute International – the highest level of training in the McKenzie Method. Allan has been a physical therapist for 28 years and has extensive physical therapy and coaching experience with endurance sport athletes, specializing in the application of MDT in sports. He has lectured extensively on a variety of topics including MDT, MDT And The Athlete, functional anatomy, clinical reasoning, and sports medicine. He has taught anatomy for the past 12 years to both PT and PTA students.