All Offices CLOSED Memorial Day Monday, 5/27

Skip to main content

Is Your Running Stride Causing Injuries?

Is Your Running Stride Causing Injuries

By: Nick Gay, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Olney Location

 

Past research has supported the idea that the pattern of "overstriding" (taking too long of a step when running) can lead to a higher risk of injuries in runners. 

Research by the University of Madison-Wisconsin has shown that "subtle increases in step rate can substantially reduce the loading to the hip and knee joints during running and may prove beneficial in the prevention and treatment of common running-related injuries." In order to calculate your steplength or cadence, you can count the number of times your L foot hits the ground in a minute and then double it. (Additionally, some devices, such as an apple watch, will provide this info.)

 
Most research shows that a proper cadence between 160-180 is best for injury prevention.
 
It is no guarantee to fix current pain, but there is value in evaluating your current cadence and seeing if shortening your stride can help prevent future injuries.

You Might Also Enjoy...

5 Exercises to Alleviate Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral pain, also known as runner's knee, can be a frustrating condition that affects individuals of all activity levels. Fortunately, there are specific exercises that can help alleviate pain and improve the function of the knee joint.

How to Treat Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common injury that can happen to anyone, from athletes to regular individuals going about their daily activities. Fortunately, there are proactive steps we can take to minimize the risk of ankle sprains.

How Physical Therapy Helps Frozen Shoulder

Dealing with a frozen shoulder can be a frustrating and painful experience. The limited range of motion and persistent discomfort can significantly hinder your daily activities. However, the good news is that physical therapy offers a beacon of hope.

The McKenzie Method

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched and well-known exercise-based approach has been used all over the world for years by a variety of healthcare professionals.