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.
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.
- Discuss the unique demands on the distance runner
- Understand common injury mechanisms for the endurance athlete
- Importance of mobility practice integration into prehab and rehab for endurance athletes
- Targeted and effective strength exercises for the distance road and trail runner
- Strategies for how to keep the aged runner out on the road and trail
- Understand the lingo and community of endurance athletes to help you better care for your patients and create effective management plans