Prehab for Runners: Strength and Mobility Exercise Prescription – Dr. Kelly Lange

The sport of running has grown steadily over the last few decades with substantially more athletes training for longer distance races. Additionally, many road runners are starting to toe-the-line at trail and ultra-running events. The shift from road to trail often leads to more significant training blocks and higher stresses on the body given the nature of trail running’s topographic demands: challenging climbs and sustained downhill running. As sports medicine practitioners, we have the ability to communicate effective strategies for pre-habilitation to help these athletes stay strong and healthy during their training and go the distance come race day.  This is essential for ageing runners who need increased emphasis on mobility and targeted strength training programs for their overall longevity in the sport.
In this hour, we will review who needs this care and why – with the goal to not only keep runners from getting injured, but to create effective and dynamic prehab programs to enhance physical strength, build physiological resilience, and increase endurance. This will include strategies for building a mobility practice, an essential part of an athlete’s training program.  We will also discuss some helpful tips of how to communicate with these athletes to help you integrate into their community and make you a necessary part of their training and treatment team.

Learning objectives:

– Discuss the unique demands on the distance runner.

– Review common injury mechanisms for the endurance athletes.

– Discuss the importance of mobility practice integration into prehab and rehab for endurance athletes.

– List targeted and effective strength exercises for the distance road and trail runner.

– Strategize how to keep the aged runner out on the road and trail.

– Speak the lingo and community of endurance athletes to help you better care for your patients and create effective management plans.


* This webinar is intended for Healthcare Professionals. 

About the Presenter:

Kelly Lange, DC, CCSP® ICSC: Dr. Lange is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® and former President of the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. She started her foundation in sports medicine as a student athletic trainer at Lewis & College in Portland, OR. Dr. Lange further procured her knowledge base at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA achieving summa cum laude in 2004. She practices in Ashland, OR – a place often considered a trail running and recreational mecca – where she specializes in treating runners and endurance athletes with an emphasis on lower extremity care and foot health. Being the Medical Director for the Pine to Palm 100-mile endurance race – a position she has held since the race’s inaugural year in 2010 – has given her unique knowledge and exposure in the ultrarunning world. She has also worked with elite runners at Olympic Trials and the World Athletic Championships. Her practice focus is an evidence-based approach with integrative and functional approaches to care, utilizing movement therapy for all patients when reaching their athletic and personal goals. Dr. Lange is a trail runner herself and a budding cyclist with the open road and trails before her. She enjoys spending time with her partner and two daughters in beautiful Southern Oregon.