Have you thought about your RUNNING style?

When we train for sports, we set aside time to develop our skills. We break it down into drills and skill sets to highlight the niche movement strategies required to perform.

Why then when it comes to running do we often go straight into it without much question or thought for technique. Sure, naturally our bodies can often lead us towards a movement strategy that generally works well, however, what happens when injury strikes, or performance plateaus or lags? What next? Do we stop running and ‘rest’ and try again in a little while in hope that things will be different?

This is where it can get a little harder to work out. But in much the same way as other sports, we can optimise our running by looking at the various components that make up our gait cycle.

  • Cadence
  • Footstrike
  • Muscle length
  • Strength

are but a few of the areas that all need to be optimised to ensure we’re not causing stress and strain as we repetitively hit the pavement.

With the ‘Blackmores’ Running Festival fast approaching, I’m sure there are many runners, novice and well-seasoned alike, that are noticing some niggles.

Hot tip: Over-striding can be a common denominator in a lot of training niggles as it increases forces on the joints in various instances.

Knee pain? Hamstring tendon pain? Shin splints?

…Try shortening your strides and increasing the turnover of your legs, for the same given pace to reduce the load on the body and see how you feel.

INCREASED Step frequency & DECREASED Stride length = Maintain target pace

If your pain is more than a brief niggle and you haven’t seen a change, know that there are many things we can look at and address, to keep you on your feet running.

Yvonne McKenny, Physiotherapist, Evoker.

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Yvonne graduated from the University of Sydney in 2013 and has been working in the musculoskeletal field of sports & spinal injury management since late 2013.

Yvonne’s physiotherapy career has spanned across various settings, from post operative orthopaedics, to public outpatients and private musculoskeletal clinics. This gives Yvonne a broad range of experiences when dealing with patients from the early acute stages of injury, right through to the late stages of rehab.

From a keen sporting background of netball and competitive swimming to more recently cycling and running, Yvonne can appreciate what is involved in training, the obstacles and the rollercoasters and its importance to each individual.

Throughout her own experiences, she has utilised pilates and has seen its benefits in her ability to perform. She has since completed further training to become an APPI certified pilates instructor.

Yvonne has completed further training in running gait analysis and dry needling as well as utilising a hands on approach in order to provide a range of treatment approaches to cater for her patient’s various needs.

Yvonne has also completed further post-graduate training with the Women’s Health Training Association.  She has a love of women’s wellness, and a very special interest in the conditions that may exist for women of all ages with challenges in and around the pelvic floor.

Yvonne has returned home to Sydney CBD after 2.5 years working with the active ambitious clientele of central London and is eager to embrace the similar context of the vibrant Barangaroo scene.

Yvonne is fascinated by the body, the nervous system and its endless potential to change and improve. She believes in empowering her patients to understand their body so that they can perform at their best.