Speaker: Bryan Heiderscheit, UW-Madison, Dept. of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Abstract: While it is generally well accepted that an individual's patten of running is optimized to conserve metabolic energy, at times, this self-selection process may increase injury risk. That is, the selected pattern may be one that increases local joint loading and the potential for repetitive microtraumatic injury. This is most evident in those just beginning to run as part of a regular exercise program. Using research and patient care findings, I will discuss how a simple modification to one's running gait can be an effective component to the treatment and prevention of common running-related injuries.