What is Physical Therapy for Runners?
Physical therapy for runners is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on assessing, treating, and preventing injuries related to running and improving overall performance.
Here's what it entails:
- Injury Prevention: Physical therapists help runners understand and implement proper running techniques and form. This includes advice on stride, posture, and foot strike to reduce the risk of injuries. They may also provide guidance on warm-up and stretching routines.
Injury Assessment: When a runner experiences an injury, physical therapists can assess the extent of the damage. They use their expertise to diagnose running-related injuries such as shin splints, stress fractures, IT band syndrome, and plantar fasciitis.
Treatment: After diagnosis, physical therapists develop customized treatment plans. These may include exercises, stretches, and manual therapies to address the specific injury and promote healing. They might also recommend modifications to the runner's training regimen.
Rehabilitation: Physical therapists assist runners in their recovery journey, guiding them through exercises and techniques to rebuild strength, flexibility, and mobility. This phase aims to help runners return to their normal running routines.
Performance Enhancement: In addition to injury management, physical therapists can work with runners to optimize their performance. They may provide advice on strength training, endurance exercises, and gait analysis to enhance running capabilities.
Footwear and Gear Recommendations: Physical therapists can help runners choose appropriate footwear and running gear to support their specific needs and running style.
Education: Runners receive valuable education from physical therapists regarding proper body mechanics, injury prevention strategies, and self-care practices to maintain their overall well-being.
In summary, physical therapy for runners is a comprehensive approach to addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by individuals who engage in running. It encompasses injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement, all with the goal of promoting safe and enjoyable running experiences. Physical therapists play a vital role in supporting runners' health and fitness goals.Schedule a Free Call
Our 3-step Approach for Runners Physical Therapy
Step 1: Listen
When you're an injured runner, there's nothing more refreshing than a healthcare provider who understands running and actually takes the time to listen. We make sure we understand EXACTLY what your struggling with and what goals you have.
Step 2: Develop
We're going to take a deep dive into understanding how your body moves, what your running mechanics look like, and where you could use some guidance. We'll then put together a complete personalized plan that is built for your body and your running goals.
Step 3: Execute
Once we know what's going on and have a plan, it's time to execute that plan. But here's the great part: you now have a doctor of physical therapy who will be with you every step of the way. Zero guess work and no more trying to figure things out on your own. We are your very own running consultant.
Why Is Physical Therapy Runners Important?
At Athletes' Potential, we were founded on a revolutionary idea. Athletes should be treated by athletes. Now, does this mean you have to be an elite level or competitive runner to work with us?
Does this mean we have the advanced training, doctoral knowledge, and personal experience to help all runners get back to doing what they love?
When you choose to work with a running physical therapist who knows what it feels like to wake up early to fit their runs in, who has experienced setting a training goal and hitting that training goal, who knows what its like to have pain and injuries slow them down towards achieving their goals, you're getting a different type of provider.
You're not only getting a physical therapist who understands the complexities of the human body and the nuances of running performance, but you're also getting one who understands your "why" for all of those early mornings and "crazy" training goals.
At Athletes' Potential we treat everyone's running goal as if its the most important goal we've ever worked with, because it is.Schedule Free Phone Consultation
Don't Let Past Experiences Burn you Twice
Unfortunately, not all runners physical therapy is the same and most runners have been burnt twice by an outdated system that simply isn't built for people like us. Once when they didn't get the results they wanted and a second time when they chose to stop seeking help because of a bad experience. We're here to make sure you don't get that second burn.
Over 50% of all runners will experience one or more injuries throughout their training
Up to 70% of all injured runners report they had to deal with their injury more than once
Up to 90% of injured runners report injuries caused them to reduce or stop training.
Running Injuries are very common and affect many.
- Runners Knee
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndome
- Stress Fractures
- Ankle Sprains
- Achilles Tendon Rupture
- Calf Strains
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Stress Reaction
- Muscle Cramps
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Hip Flexor Strains
- Turf Toe
- Compartment Syndrome
- Many more...
Physical Therapy for Runners in Atlanta, GA (Decatur)
Athletes' Potential Physical Therapy Clinic
Physical Therapy for Runners in Atlanta, GA (Brookhaven)
Athletes' Potential: The Rack Athletic Performance Center
Life is too short to avoid the running you love.
Talk to the Athletes' Potential Physical Therapy team member today.