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Should runners change the way they run?

A recently popular way to handle too much use injuries that are frequent in runners is to use gait retraining. That is altering how a runner runs using a completely different style. It's a good idea when you have an injury from running one way, then change the method you run. There's still much to be found out about doing this, however it is becoming increasingly trendy and lots of health professionals as well as running technique coaches are applying this to assist runners. There is a newly released episode of PodChatLive that was dedicated to this issue. PodChatLive is a chat show for podiatry practitioners and other health care professionals hosted by Craig Payne in Australia and Ian Griffiths in England. They go live on Facebook with a different guest weekly. The taped edition is then uploaded to YouTube and a audio edition is also published.

In the episode of PodChatLive on running technique in runners Ian and Craig discussed with this with James Dunne. James is an extremely highly regarded running coach and the owner of the Kinetic Revolution to help runners with their teaching and running techniques. In the show they spoke of why and when we may need to adjust someone’s gait retraining, and how a clinician may go about doing that. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that an individual technique is essential, and there are no blanket strategies. One size isn't going to fit all. They brought up the bidirectional and symbiotic connection between running coachs and Podiatrists. James is a runner, a sports rehab therapist and coach from Norwich in the UK. James has a qualification in sports rehabilitation. James started the Kinetic Revolution coaching website back in 2010 as a way of sharing what he mastered on his experience being an ex-pro rugby player to doing work in the sports injury world, and to him learning to be a marathon runner.