I’m very much looking forward to speaking at the OPTA Annual Conference on March 12th … it’s coming up soon! I’ll be talking to PTs about ways we can better return runners to training after injuries. “Returning Runners To Training: Coaching Implications For Therapists Beyond The 10% Rule” will be a 2 part and 2 hour presentation focused on passing along some coaching basics to PTs to help them as they prepare to discharge runners after treatment. So, I thought I would give a little preview of what that talk will include. WAIT! Before you say that you aren’t a Physical Therapist and close this page … take a minute to browse through. You might just see something you are interested in, and, if so, feel free to leave a comment, send an email, and/or ask a question to get more information!
Below is a list of topics/areas that will be covered:
- Current trends in running
- Injury rates, obstacle races, crossfire runners, rebound from minimalist movement
- Review of running anatomy and physiology
- Central governor fatigue model (see prior blog post here)
- Running form recommendations and literature review
- Running economy review
- Teaching gait changes
- Step rate manipulation, visual feedback, etc.
- Evidence based practice approach
- Case studies
- Defining different types of runs (i.e. tempo, fartlek, interval, long, etc)
- History of running coaching/contributions
- Cerutty, Lydiard, Bowerman, Noakes, Daniels, Galloway, and more
- Daniels Principles of Training
- Body reacts to stress
- Specificity of training
- Rate of achievement
- Personal limits
- Diminishing returns
- Accelerating setbacks
- Ease of maintenance
- Modern coaching philosophies
- 80/20 method
- Hansons cumulative load
- Daniels pace recommendations
- Mixed coaching approach
- Sample training plans
- 5k to marathon distance
- Approaching runners as athletes
- Strength training and performance
- Facilitating transition from “fragile” to “anti-fragile”
- Online options
- Basic coaching plan design
- To include return from injury recommendations
Obviously this is a lot of content to fit into 2 hours time. I am continuing to fine tune all of the material and hope to make it as useful a presentation as possible. At the very least, I hope to spark some interest and provide “next steps” for getting more comfortable with coaching runners into a full return to sport.
Thoughts? Areas you would like to know more about? Questions?
I’d love to hear from you!
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