As an orthopedic physical therapist, Tom Whipple has seen plenty of running injuries. By the time most runners reach him at Penn State Orthopedics, they are already suffering from an injury. In a proposed study, though, Whipple plans to track healthy runners to get at the biomechanical causes of
Most running injury studies, Whipple points out, are retrospective — focusing on already-injured runners. The new study would be prospective — tracking 200 healthy runners over the course of a year. The aim is to pinpoint biomechanical factors that predispose runners to injury.
Whipple, the author of The Endurance Paradox: Bone Health for the Endurance Athlete with Robert Eckhardt and a certified Pose running coach, is working with Dr. Graham Fletcher, a biomechanics researcher at the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada and Otago University in New Zealand who has coached world class runners and triathletes.
In coaching young competitive athletes, Fletcher explained at Whipple's private practice, Strategic Orthopaedics, he emphasized the development of the athlete as a person over a high volume of training, the importance of recovery, and the role of biomechanical skill.
In the proposed study, half of the runners would be trained in the Pose Running Method devised by Nicholas Romanov and the other half would serve as controls. The goal is to determine if there is evidence that the Pose method, shown to reduce impact and energy absorption, is also associated
with lower injury rates.
Whipple and Fletcher are collaborating with Martha Michael, a local running coach, John Challis, a professor of kinesiology at Penn State, and Dr. Phil Bosha and his colleagues at Penn State Sports Medicine. They hope to establish a long-term collaboration extending beyond the currently proposed
third overall in 20:43.Craighead racked up two more wins with the April Fool's 5K on Penn State's campus on March 29
(16:43) and the Egg Hill 10-miler in Spring Mills on March 30 (54:05). Katie-Liz Thompson was the first woman in the April Fool's 5K (21:20). At Egg Hill, Jo Ohm led the women in 1:07:27.
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