1. Undergo a running screening with a qualified Physiotherapist-this includes strength and range of movement testing to identify factors that could lead to an injury or less-effective running technique if not addressed
  2. Have your technique analysed by video analysis by a suitably qualified health practitioner-to determine any technique changes that could improve load on tissues and hence reduce injury
  3. If you’re injured, research suggests in most cases you should change your form before your footwear!
  4. Research from Barton et al shows that Running retraining (technique retraining) should be clinically considered for improving clinical outcomes and biomechanical effects for treating lower limb injuries in runners.
  5. People think that low-weight, high-repetition i.e. neuromuscular endurance exercise is best for running but research shows now that it’s actually high strength and power work that’s required for running.
  6. Strength training improves running time trial performances for 3km, 5 km and 45 minutes, improves running economy, VO2 max and muscle power in an 8 week intervention
 By Hannah Geelan
Total Balance, Physiotherapist