A recently widely used strategy to address excessive use injuries which can be frequent in runners is to use gait retraining. That is altering how a runner runs using a different method. It makes sense that if you get an overuse injury from running one way, then modify the method you run. There's still a great deal to be discovered about carrying this out, but it is becoming increasingly common and a lot of health professionals along with running technique instructors are applying this to assist runners. There is a recently available episode of PodChatLive that was dedicated to the subject. PodChatLive is a live show for podiatry practitioners and other health professionals hosted by Craig Payne in Australia and Ian Griffiths in England. They go live on Facebook with a new guest each week. The recorded version is then published to YouTube and a podcast edition is in addition available.
In the episode of PodChatLive on gait retraining in runners Ian and Craig chatted with this with James Dunne. James is an extremely well respected running coach and the owner of the Kinetic Revolution website to help runners with their teaching and running methods. In the show they pointed out why then when we would need to alter a runners running technique, and just how a clinician may go about doing it. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that an individual approach is key, and there are no blanket methods. One size does not fit all. They brought up the bidirectional and symbiotic connection between running coachs and Podiatrists. James Dunne is a runner, a sports rehab therapist and running coach from Norwich in the United Kingdom. He has a qualification in sports rehabilitation. James started the Kinetic Revolution coaching website back in 2010 as a way of spreading just what he learnt on his experience being an ex-pro rugby player to doing work in the sports injury community, and to him becoming a marathon runner.