Running Injury Information Evening

Podiatrist Colin Papworth has teamed up with Marcus Scotney (White Edge Coaching) and Seb Walker (SRW Fitness) to deliver for you an information regarding running injuries. This will cover prevention, treatment, when to seek help and various strategies for dealing with an injury sustained when running. We will also look at running form and if you should consider changing how you run. We will address the arguments for various running techniques and if give a guide on when and how to implement changes.

Wednesday 29th November 2023 at the Glass Yard, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield. S41 8NZ 7 -9pm

As runners we understand the frustrations of picking up a running injury. The stresses of knowing something isn’t quite right and what to do about it. The questions that run through our mind will be well know to us. Will it settle by itself? Should I reduce my training? Should I seek help? Is this a new problem? Or is it the old injury resurfacing again?

This evening will hopefully shed some light on these questions. We shall be talking mostly about chronic injuries. These are repetitive strain injuries, the ones that gradually come on, or we can feel a niggle and then it all blows up. But we have usually had some warning signs that we have sort of ignored.

The other injuries are the traumatic type. Ankle sprains, falling off a kerb, etc. We can’t do much about those.

Running injuries will present as either bony or soft tissue (or sometimes a bit of both) and each will need a slightly different approach. We can usually do more on a soft tissue injury, where as we really do need to rest a bony injury. Bone doesn’t like it when we keep on aggravating it. Soft tissues often respond better to some degree of loading. Injuries can be confusing. Even the evidence is not great. There are patterns but not everyone fits the text book presentations. Social media and the internet can be a confusing and conflicting place to look.

With all running injuries load management is key. These injuries occur when the load we apply to our body exceeds our capacity to deal with these loads. This could be due to a number of factors. A rapid increase in training, adding in something other activity – either a one off or a new regular activity, wearing an old pair of shoes, wearing a new pair of shoe for example. Or it could be due to something not running related. Our normal day to day life stresses will also be adding to the loads we are placing on our bodies. And this may not just be physical but also mental stresses.

Our bodies are fantastic at healing us. We need to give them the space and time to do this and not be impatient and want to speed the process up. We shall look at some of these strategies but we also need to be aware of normal healing times as well. The easy thing we can do is reduce our training. Remember this is short term and often an intervention makes for a quicker recovery and back to training.

Running form often gets a lot of press and there are so many opinions about what is and what is not good running form. The way we run may well be contributing to our injury presentation or slow healing. Our bodies are brilliant at keeping us moving forward and we all have our unique way of doing this. There is no one right or wrong way but there are ways that might suit our particular body shape, activity levels, background and day to day lifestyle. We shall look at what we feel are the principles of good running form. These can then be applied to your particular way of running and the terrain you usually run on.

We will discuss why and when you should consider making changes to your running style. It is also important to know how to safely implement making running changes and introducing these into your training program. These changes will be multifactorial and Colin, Marcus and Seb will all have different approach that you need to use to make any transitions. You need to address the actual way you are running and will need to add in strength and conditioning, running drills and changes to your running program.

We shall also have time for a question and answer session following the above discussions. If you are interested please give us a call or email to book a place. We do have limited spaces. If you can’t make it or would like to discuss how we may be able to help support your club or running group then please get in touch. We look forward to seeing you on the night.


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Coaching – Marcus Scotney

SRWFitness – SRW Fitness

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