You kickstart your training
running programme. Use this test as an exercise to improve your balance and proprioceptive ability. Work diligently till you can perform this single leg balance activity for one to two minutes with minimal loss of balance.
Several common injuries originate from weakness in the hip muscles and core region and poor proprioceptive awareness which can be identified with the above screens. It is also worth noting risk of injury increases with the following.
Women tend to lack strength and stability in comparison to males. The reasons for this are not fully understood but the pelvic/hip alignment of a women is different to a man and this may be an underlying cause women have to be more conscious of their running form.
Past injuries may play a role in placing you in the increased risk for injury category due to compensation and alteration of normal gait pattern.
Slight gait abnormalities and muscle imbalances may not affect the body if you are running short distances a couple of times a week. However, if you ramp up your mileage these small weaknesses can turn into injury as increased miles magnify these weaknesses and can. lead to break down.
Build your endurance base for running by walking while working on the above exercises. Running is much more fun injury free.
Small strength and stability gains can pay huge dividend to running longevityand overall enjoyment.
Dr Bryan Crouch,
Dr Julie Kirwan, Crouch & Kirwan Chartered Physiotherapists
15 Abbey Square Centre Enniscorthy 087-449-7955