General Running Questions

Running analysis is a valuable tool utilized by a skilled provider that helps a runner break down the components of running. This is usually done with video, in order to slow down and assess each part of the gait cycle. By doing this, you can see important parts of running that are essentially impossible to the naked eye. It gives you a more wholesome understanding of what your body is doing in space when you go out on a run.

Everybody runs a little differently, and there’s no single, “perfect” running form for all persons, everywhere. So, individualized running analysis is a great place to start. Coaches, trainers, and others can all help with this, but being able to individually assess how your body was made by a skilled therapist is a great way to get a detailed picture.
If you want to! There is a large amount of evidence and back-up from experienced runners that running is not meant to be “static” but a dynamic, changeable form of sport. By modifying your biomechanics, what you think about during your run, among other items, you can greatly improve your capacity to run well.
“Know pain; know gain.” Pain is our body’s way of communicating important things to us about how we are responding to a certain activity. Understanding the different types of pain, where and when they occur, and if they change with certain things can be a great way to know whether or not your pain is normal.

About 80% of runners in the US have or have had some type of running injury- but this doesn’t mean you should be running through pain or injury. Knowing how you obtained your injury, and meeting with a physical therapist who knows runners is a good way to know what is safe and what’s not.

Yes. When your foot hits the ground, everything changes. The “model & make” of your shoe (no matter what type), are going to influence running. If you’re curious about best options for shoes, it all begins with your personal goals and your environment- from there, working towards shoes that are relatively flat, flexible, wide at the forefoot, and don’t “control motion” of your foot is a step in the right direction.

STRIDE Running Clinic

The STRIDE Running Clinic is a program created to give any runner a better understanding of proper running biomechanics that can be integrated in any running circumstance to facilitate rapid recovery of injuries, assist in prevention of further injury, and improve overall athletic performance.

This is a one-on-one clinic for any runner or a person who has a desire to begin (or return) running.
Like doing any repetitive activity, our bodies can tolerate a certain amount before they begin to break down. This usually occurs slowly and gradually as we make compensations to avoid pain and keep running. These compensations are often detrimental to the runner and will likely cause other problems to develop. They are generally small and hard to notice without another set of trained eyes.
Expect to learn skills and have a better understanding to become the best runner you are capable of becoming. 10-15 minutes prior to your first visit, there will be some brief paperwork to fill out (unless you do so ahead of time). Be dressed to run with a pair of your current running shoes. At the end of your visit you can expect to return home with multiple resources, skills to practice, and a better understanding of yourself as a runner.
The Injury/Prevention Program is often covered under most major insurance plans under Direct Access or with a script from your physician. The Performance Program fees can be sent to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.

There is no substitute for face-to-face, direct care and dialogue- especially with running. Unlike traditional visits in physical therapy, frequency of visits is minimal for the STRIDE Running clinic, typically ranging from 2-4 visits, although single visits are possible. As long as you’ll be in the Lincoln area for a short time, scheduling a visit is easy to do. You can contact our office to work out the details to make your visit easy.