Gait analysis

Gait Training is the Key to Running Performance and Injury Minimization

Gait Training is the Key to Running Performance and Injury Minimization

Runners are miseducated everyday.  Running is healthy for your skeleton.  Rest will not help your ability to return to running.  Come to MVPT and learn how to apply the skill of running to your injuries or performance.  We would love to HELP!!

MVPT EVOLVED

I have always thought of myself as a coach.  When I was a teenager my Dad and I coached my brothers baseball team. When I went to work at UNLV as an assistant track coach, I started with running orthopedic knowledge, injury prevention or rehab knowledge and book knowledge of athletic development.  As a PT, I was only allowed to participate in bits and pieces for athletes but never the whole process from start to finish.  It wasnt until I surrounded myself with Olympic level coaches and athletes, and even sat in the warm up tent at US Olympic trials that I realized I have a knack for this running stuff.  One day, while evaluating the options available to UNLV runners, it dawned on me.  Age groupers should have access to this level of sophistication for training.  Age groupers train more than these girls, so why don’t they have these services?  I was already METS1 certified so I had the nutrition coaching part down.  I was already experienced on the injury and performance side of the strength situation.  I had some age group run training experience so why not put it together?  I already have 10 athletes that have asked me to coach them without me actively recruiting coaching clients.  They convinced ME that I should start actively pursuing coaching.  Where to begin?

            I kept seeing this advertisement from a company called Triathlon Research.  The word Research is what grabbed me.  Could there be a company out there that is doing evidence based training and coaching?  If so, I HAVE to know what they know.  I applied and was accepted.  I spent a week in Denver, CO with 20 other elite coaches from around the country.  I am now a Triathlon Research certified triathlon coach.  I spent all week with some of the nations leading nutritionists (Bob Seebohar), top run/bike/swim coaches and athletes.  It was a wonderfully intense experience.  As a Triathlon Research certified coach, I will be asked to coach clinics all over the US.  I will have the opportunity to coach with the top professionals in triathlon today.  Who will be my clients?

            First, coaching will not change the primary focus of MVPT.  I’m looking for orthopedically challenging coaching clients.  I love serving the injured or plateaued athlete.  I love that running or triathlon is a part of our SOUL.  If an athlete cannot do it, there is emptiness.  I want to fill that void.  If I can get that person healthy, why not take them to the next step?  It is the most challenging orthopedic puzzle possible, and I want that challenge.  Injuries are just opportunities for huge comebacks. 

Many athletes have 3 different coaches on their team – seldom on the same page, when they could have 1 coach who is managing all aspects.  I can do the program writing, the biomechanics changes for healthy training and high performance, and I can assist with the nutrition training.  How different is the training?  Why guess on what exercises to do for strength training?  How many miles should you run before a ½ Iron?  How should you manage daily nutrition and race day nutrition?  Shouldn’t someone be monitoring those things at the same time?  Don’t they all relate to one another?  Lets us streamline it for you.  All 10 athletes I coach are healthy.  All of them have overcome some major adversity, and all 10 are currently training hard and ready for a big race. 

What makes me different from other coaches?  I can identify, evaluate and solve problems before they become bigger problems.  My expertise is in developing skills.  Want better swim, bike, and run skills?  The skills are based on biomechanics, and who better understands biomechanics than a performance oriented PT?  Every workout, every bit of information is rich in evidence.  No stones are left unturned, and there is no guessing.  Obviously, some art has to be applied but all decisions are made with long term health in mind.  Only a PT can offer that. 

Two athletes: a national champion and runner up in the same race - both with PRs on the big stage.  I am so proud of the work they put in.  Two athletes racing in Olympic national championship and setting their overall 10K PR in the back of an Olympic distance race.  I will take that!  I just want people to be happy, proud, healthy, and alive.  I want you to get the most out of your training time.  I want you to reach your highest potential.  I want to make sure that injuries don’t hold you back or crush your dreams.  That is why I am putting my name in the coaching arena.  The fee schedule is based on the time and the needs of each individual athlete and will be agreed upon between the athlete and Ron. 

To make an appointment feel free to visit maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900.  This service will be an extension of our daily mantra which is to serve each individual with the focus on one on one care, cutting edge movement oriented training or physical therapy.    

CROSS IS COMING!

Since its inaugural event in 2007, CrossVegas has captured the hearts and chamois’ of cyclists throughout the valley, but this year, it also boasts being one of the UCI World CycloCross events.  As the competition grows closer, everyone is looking for ‘The Edge’: new wheels, disc brakes, di2 groupo, SRAM or Shimano, bibs and jersey or skin suit…so many variables that impact performance.  But what about the key variable?  The Engine.

Throughout the off season, stage season, road season, and crit season, you have spent time on the saddle, checked off the miles, chased KOM’s, and “Cat”ed up.  For most of you, cycling has been the heart and soul of your training.  You have developed a formidable engine with powerhouse thighs that even Sagan might envy.  But, now as cross approaches, you are jumping OFF your bike, leaping over barriers, running up hills, and tackling sandpits like a ninja.  If your purpose is simply to show up and participate, those powerhouse legs of yours will find a way to get the job done.  But if you’re seeking a PR or hoping to admire the view from atop the podium, you need something more.  Your engine needs an upgrade! 

So what is ‘The Edge’, this holy grail of cross excellence? 

Although you developed a powerful engine for cycling, you may be missing a key component to this crossover - the kinetic chain of triple extension through the hip, knee and ankle, critically executed to ensure the injury-free land-based exercises required in CycloCross.  The major muscle groups utilized during cycling are your Quadriceps, Hamstrings and Calves.  However, the driving force required for running, leaping and jumping activities is your Gluteals – the booty!

To get your edge, you need to be able to engage your glutes for more power, speed, and efficiency in the OFF bike exercises.

Want to get that upgrade?

At Maximum Velocity, by analyzing your running gait and biomechanics, we are able to breakdown the elements of form and rebuild it with improved efficiency and potential.  And the best part is that stronger glutes and better movement will reduce the likelihood of injury.  My next blog post is a deeper exploration of the common issues cyclists face when crossing over to running (see what I did there, cross is everywhere!). 

So as you prepare for the 9th Annual CrossVegas, acquiring your taste buds to the latest brews and ales, growing that ever-so-last-minute beard, prepping your excitement for cash and pizza primes and generally having a smashing jolly good old time on your bike…. Don’t forget to come to see us and find your ‘Edge’.

Lisa is taking evaluations to help you find your edge.  Feel free to go to maxvelocityPT.com or call 702-998-2900 to make an appointment. 

MVPT Year 1: The Year in Review – From Nothing into Something

MVPT Year 1:  The Year in Review – From Nothing into Something

1 year later and the mission is the same.  Education and performance is the key to inspiring for full potential.

What Runners Need to Know About Running Injuries: Part II-Contact Style

In Part 1 we discussed that all running injuries are related to LOADING RATE.  To review, loading rate is how quickly the body (bone, tendon, muscle) absorbs the ground reaction forces with each step.  That is how our body handles speed and force.  Jay Dicharry PT, has done some awesome work in this area.  He has a book "Anatomy for Runners" and should be required reading in PT school and can be a great gift for any runner.  He says:

 

Running Injuries are directly related loading rate (Part 1). Loading rate is directly related to Contact style or how you land (Part 2), Limb Alignment or what your body is doing (Part 3), and Limb Stiffness or how your body adapts to force of running (Part 4).

 

Contact style is the focus of todays discussion.  Contact style is the interaction of the body and the surface you are touching.  It is the foot versus the ground.  Contact style is; are you landing forefoot, mid foot, hind foot or heel striking, landing hard, landing soft, over striding, under striding, what type of footwear do you use, asphalt, concrete, trail, etc.  Runners say "Heel striking is bad, right?  I should be a "forefoot striker?"  The truth is it doesn't matter.  WHOA!  It only matters where that contact occurs.  There are efficient heel strikers and there are inefficient fore footers.  Actually, the bare footers have it right.  What they learn (of course they learn the hard way, lol) is that soft landing is the key.  There are many studies that show the best possible cue for runners is "landing soft."  We see large changes in ground reaction force with soft landing.  Before you throw your shoes out, you must know that the bare footers traded old injuries for new ones.  The fact is that efficient running can occur with shoes on.  Did you realize footwear doesn't matter?  Wait, whhhhaaat?  The running industry makes millions of dollars brain washing you that you need new shoes when the pain comes back.  If your contact style is dependent on footwear then you will require footwear.  If your contact style depends on your bodies ability to move with stability (limb alignment, Part III) and control then the footwear does not matter.  Shoes cannot effectively correct movement errors.  

The best way to manage contact style is to work on landing soft.

At MVPT, a gait evaluation is key to healthy and effective running.  The gait evaluation is $135 one time fee and will be the baseline.  One hour, one on one, injury past, physical exam, "functional" exam, and video analysis on the treadmill.  Education comes next.  From there we can give you specific running homework (follow-up appointments are $1 a minute) and your progression from there depends on you.  You will be educated on what you need to do reach your goals and treatment will be YOUR decision.  We can be there once or twice a week to ensure effective inclusion of your exercises and running cues or we can meet less often, if that fits your lifestyle.  If you get injured down the road your videos and baseline data will be available to you.  We can be here the whole way close or from afar.  After all, the goal is life long runners who are setting the bar higher and higher and getting more and more efficient.  Go to our website maxvelocityPT.com to request an appointment today!