Clinical Edge - Physio Edge 091 Return to running - a guide for therapists with Tom Goom Clinical Edge - Physio Edge 091 Return to running - a guide for therapists with Tom Goom

Physio Edge 091 Return to running - a guide for therapists with Tom Goom

When you love running or any other sport or activity, having to take time off with an injury is really frustrating. Your patients with an injury limiting their running will feel frustrated and be keen to keep running or get back to running as quickly as possible. We can make a huge difference in helping them return to running, but how do we do it?

It would be pretty simple if we could hand all of our running injury patients a standard return to running table with a list of set running distances, and send them on their way to just follow the program. The trouble is, it doesn’t work that way in real life.

Each of your patients will have different goals, and respond differently to rehab and increases in running, depending on their injury, irritability of their symptoms, their load tolerance, and a lot of factors. Since recipe-based approaches won’t work for a lot of patients, how can you tailor your rehab and guide your running injury patients through their return to running?

In this podcast with Tom Goom, we’re going to help you return your patients to running as quickly as possible, know which factors you need to address in your rehab, and how to tailor your rehab to each of your patients. You will explore how to:

  • Test whether your patient is ready to run
  • Find your patients ‘run tolerance’
  • Incorporate your athlete’s goals into their rehab
  • Use their pathology to guide return to running eg stress fractures or plantar fasciopathy
  • Use irritability to guide your load progression
  • Vary your treatment depending on the stage of their competitive season
  • Address strength, range of movement, control, muscle mass, power and plyometric impairments in their rehab program
  • Choose the number of exercises you use
  • Balance risk and reward to meet patients goals
  • Four key steps to return your patient to running
  • Use impact tests when assessing whether your patient is ready to run
  • Plan training structure and progression
  • Monitor return to running
  • Identify acceptable pain levels while increasing running

We will take you through four real patient case study examples so you can apply the podcast in your clinical practice, including:

  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS)/Shin splints
  • Calf pain
  • High risk tibial stress fracture

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