How to improve tissue capacity in runners

 hot topic among clinicians that treat a lot of runners was recently covered in an episode of the podiatry livestream show, PodChatLive. What is getting a lot of interest is the concept of tissue capacity. This is how you go about increasing the capacities of the tissues in runners to take load. If those tissues can be made more resilient then they are less likely to get an injury and therefore, can train more rather than worry about the injury. In the episode of PodChatLive, the hosts were joined with the physical therapist, Richard Willy. In the episode Rich explained what tissue capacity is and what can be done about it. He explained what he looks for during a gait analysis when assessing runners. The benefits and pitfalls of ‘wearables’ and their use by runners also came up. He also summarised the key differences between treadmill and overground running, with good take homes for clinicians who analyse their athletes on the treadmill and then extrapolate assessment that to the outside world.

Dr Richard Willy, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at University of Montana in the USA. Rich received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his Master of physical therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research interests, he been in clinical practice for over 18 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. His research interests aim to develop clinically effective treatments for patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendon injuries and tibial stress fractures in runners. As well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter at conferences on his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the injured runner. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times. The PodChatLive video of the stream is on YouTube and as a podcast.


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