A recently popular way to treat overuse injuries that are common in runners is to use gait retraining. This is changing the way the runner runs with a different technique. It makes sense that if you get an injury from running one way, then change the way you run. There is still a lot to be learned about doing this, but it is becoming increasing popular and a lot of clinicians and running technique coaches are using this to help runners. There was a recent episode of the PodChatLive that was dedicated to the topic. PodChatLive is a live show for podiatrists and other health professionals hosted by Craig Payne from Australia and Ian Griffiths from England. They go live on Facebook with a new guest each week. The recorded version is next uploaded to YouTube and a podcast version is also made available.
In the episode of PodChatLive on gait retraining in runners that talked with James Dunne. James is a very well respected running coach and the owner of the Kinetic Revolution to help runners with their training and running techniques. In the episode they talked about why and when we might want to change someone’s running technique, and exactly how a clinician might go about doing it. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that an individual approach is key, and there are no blanket approaches. One size does not fit all. They talked about the bidirectional and symbiotic relationship between running coach and Podiatrists. James is a runner, a sports rehabilitation therapist and coach from Norwich in the UK. He has a degree in sports rehabilitation. James Dunne started the Kinetic Revolution coaching website back in 2010 as a means of sharing what he learnt on his journey as an ex-pro rugby player working in the sports injury world, and to him becoming a marathon runner.