Whether you're new to running or you're a veteran, you'll encounter occasional bumps in the road that throw you off course. Through the use of a sports physio, you can address some of the issues that may prevent you reaching the top of your game. From injury prevention through to addressing them when they arise, there are multiple ways a physiotherapist can improve your running.

Strike the right balance between performance and injury prevention

If you're experiencing aches and pains that are impacting your ability, the emphasis you place on recovery can cause setbacks in terms of your abilities. A sports physio with an interest in running will assess your performance goals and present tolerance while creating a plan that places you on the road to recovery. As a result, you'll experience symptom relief and strengthen your joints and muscles while experiencing an increase in endurance.

Reduce the risk of running injuries

While it isn't always possible to prevent injuries altogether, making an attempt to reduce the risk is better than exposing yourself to danger. Using biomechanical assessments and running analysis, your sports physio will address issues such as gait, issues such as tight calves and tendon pain, and areas of your feet that expose you to debilitating conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Gait is especially important as if you engage in a practice such as over-pronation - which causes your foot to roll inwards - you're more likely to encounter sprains and breaks. With a biomechanical analysis, your sports physio can highlight the areas you need to work on, allowing you to reduce the risk of injury.

Experience a quicker recovery from runner's knee

Even with their strongest efforts, the best runners still experience nasty encounters such as runner's knee. Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner's knee involves weak quads below failing to support the knee with heavy hamstrings above placing pressure on it. Issues such as poor gait, ill-fitting running shoes, and weak quadriceps contribute to this condition. With an assessment from a physiotherapist, you can identify the underlying causes and take steps towards addressing them. As a result, you'll experience less pain and enjoy smoother running experiences.

Running injuries such as shin splints, tendonitis, and stress fractures also contribute towards poor performance. Whether you're experiencing the smallest of niggles or you're in need of an immediate assessment, approaching a sports physio allows you to experience better fitness levels. In addition to treating injuries, they can assist with training plans, nutrition, and lifestyle advice that helps you get the most out of your running experiences.