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Lisa’s hurting hamstring

Some of you will already know Lisa our practice manager. A few months ago Lisa completed the Keswick to Barrow walk along with Kerry one of our physios. They did amazing raising loads of money for some worthwhile causes as well as being the fastest all female team to finish.  

During her training for the walk Lisa had increased her walking mileage a lot in a short period of time and started to get some pain in the back of her knee. This got worse after the walk and was starting to be painful during and after a run.   

Now Lisa identifies herself as a runner it's part of who she is, part of her DNA. She loves running, and I mean really loves it, so much so she just carried on despite the pain. Sound Familiar? 

She even did the Grasmere gallop a 10km trail run a few weeks after the walk but found her knee pain was worse than ever after. It got so bad she even had to stop running, now. Now what do you call a runner who can't run?

A "ner"!!  

Now the funny thing is Lisa works in a physio clinic, she is surrounded every day by expert physios with loads of experience treating injured runners. We even have a RunFit service that that analyses and retrains running technique. And to top it all off Lisa gets free treatment as an employee.  

So it might surprise you to hear that Lisa didn't mention her injured knee to any of us. Not one little peep!  

Why I hear you cry!  

The reason is something we hear all the time from our clients.  

She was scared we would tell her to stop doing the thing she loves, running. This is despite the fact that she had already stopped running because she was worried about the pain and doing more damage.  

Lisa finally fessed up and told us her tale of woe. We listened to her story including what she wanted to achieve with her running (a sub 2hr half marathon). We assessed her and found a sore hamstring tendon inserting into the back of her knee (hamstring tendinopathy). Lisa was given some exercises to help calm down her pain followed by strengthening exercises to help build strength in her hamstring. We explained her problem and told her she could even start running again as long as the pain stayed at a low level and wasn't worse the following day.  

Lisa is now gradually increasing her running and strengthening exercises. She has a lot less pain and we have analysed her running technique and identified some areas she can work on to help reduce her risk of injury, improve her running and smash her 1/2 marathon personal best.   

Lisa has very kindly agreed for us to share her story and some of her RunFit analysis videos and we will be catching up with her over the next few months to see how she gets on.  

 

Richard’s mid life crisis marathon

It's that time of year again!  My 39th birthday is rapidly approaching and I realised that time is running out (no pun intended) on me achieving my goal of running a marathon before I turn the big four zero.

Is it a mid life crisis type of thing? Possibly but it's certainly cheaper than buying a sports car! Now which one to enter London, Paris, New York? Well actually none of the above, instead I've decided to enter the Brathay Windermere marathon described as one of the most scenic road marathons in the UK as well as one of the most challenging courses.

Having chosen which marathon, it's time to get serious about my training and I've enlisted the help of Wayne Singleton from Jogging Pals to help me devise and stick to a training plan. Wayne is a top bloke as well as a UK Athletics Coach, seasoned marathon and ultra runner. Jogging pals is an amazing running group that is all about making running fun and inclusive go check out their programmes at https://www.joggingpals.co.uk/

I'm really interested to see how my body is going to cope with the increased training load and I will be writing a monthly blog to track my progress and giving you my insights as a physio and a runner along the way.

To follow my journey you can check out our blog, or like and follow the clinic Facebook page. You can also follow me on Strava by searching for Rich the physio.

4 ways to reduce your risk of injury

By Kris Baldock

‚ÄčIt's that time of year again, whether you've started a new year fitness regime or are planning to hit the slopes for that ski holiday, a sudden change in physical activity can lead to injury.  A large number of people embark on a new exercise regime, and others increase their activity levels or intensity of an already established routine. As with any new activity or increase in training, there  is an increased amount of load being put through your tissues and this can lead to a higher risk of injury.

As prevention is better than cure, could you try incorporating some of the points below  which will help reduce your risk of injury.

1. Always include a warm up. Follow a specific warm up that recreates the movements of the exercise your are about to perform, once warm your muscles have a greater tolerance to loading and increased elasticity. This is what we call a dynamic warm up and is very different from the type of static stretching that many of you may be used to. Static stretching has been shown to have no effect on preventing injuries and in some studies has been shown to reduce your muscle ability to produce force, not something you want to do before a workout.

2. If your new to exercise, gradually increase your activity level. Recent research suggests an increase risk of injury is brought about by not only an increase of training load, but also too little training load. This therefore suggests that a sharp increase or excessive variation in training load may increase the risk of injury. Gradually increase and maintain your activity level and if you have time off for illness or injury, do not return to your
previous activity level too quickly. 

If you are used to exercise, don't increase your training by more than 10% per week. This could be an increase in the length of time you are exercising, the intensity of your workout or an increase in the weight you are lifting.


3. Take a rest day. Research has shown that if you load tissues above your current tissue capacity everyday, this can lead to a breakdown of collagen tissue. Collagen makes up a large part of our muscles, tendons and ligaments. We need periods of rest to allow our bodies to regenerate and repair. Loading your tissues everyday without rest over time can lead to weakness and structural changes in these tissues, and they can't cope with the demand of load and this can lead to pain.

4. Mix up your training. This changes the type of loading through your tissues.For runners this could be a change in footwear, running pace or mixing road running with trail running.  Doing some form of cross training (different type of exercise) e.g. cycling, swimming or gym based exercise can allow you to strengthen different muscle groups whilst helping you maintain your cardiovascular fitness.

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