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Do runners need gait retraining?

A recently popular solution to take care of overuse injuries which are frequent in runners is to use gait retraining. That is modifying the way the runner runs using a different technique. It makes sense when you have an injury from running one way, then modify the method you run. There is still a lot to be found out about this process, however it is becoming more and more trendy and lots of clinicians and running technique instructors are applying this to help runners. There is a newly released episode of PodChatLive that was dedicated to the topic. PodChatLive is a livestrem for podiatry practitioners and other health care professionals hosted by Craig Payne from Australia and Ian Griffiths from England. They go live on Facebook with a different guest weekly. The recorded version is then uploaded to YouTube and a audio version is additionally published.

In the episode of PodChatLive on gait retraining in runners they chatted with this with James Dunne. James is an extremely well respected running coach and the owner of the Kinetic Revolution to help runners with their coaching and running methods. In the show they discussed why and when we may need to improve someone’s running strategy, and just how a clinician may do that. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that an individual technique is vital, and you will find no one size fits all approaches. One size doesn't fit all. They talked about the bidirectional and symbiotic partnership between running coachs and Podiatry practitioners. James Dunne is a runner, a sports rehabilitation therapist and coach from Norwich in the UK. James has a qualification in sports rehabilitation. He started the Kinetic Revolution coaching website back in 2010 as an approach of sharing what he learnt on his journey being an ex-pro rugby player to working in the sports injury world, and to him learning to be a marathon runner.