How a physical therapist and mega-technology can make you a better athlete

Got some amazing local press this week from The Source here in Bend. While I chose the use the sub-title as the heading for this post, the writer’s main title was pretty witty “Jay and his fancy treadmill”

Granted, I’ve been doing this stuff for quite a while, but I honestly think its pretty simple, and the “right” way to do things ,really.  In comes the writer. His body has some issues that need to be cleared up. Why? well, we’ve always heard “(running) form follows function.” Improve the function of your body so you can further improve – and maintain – your form. We identified things for him to work on and established a plan of attack. As I’ve said over and over again, there are things you can do outside of running that will improve your running.

Next we used some fancy tools and some custom software I developed to identify where things broke down in his gait style. Then we used the toys in the lab to give him some biofeedback to improve specific aspects of his running form while he’s actually running. We worked with this for a bit, and then captured more baseline data. End result, The writer improved his economy by 11% and decreased the stress to his body (called “loading rate”) by just over 33%. Running easier, with less stress to the body? I call that a win. Give the office a call if you are interested in seeing yourself improve as well.

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