Merimbula’s own world triathlete Andrew MacNamara launched a new running assessment program at Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy this week.
“These programs are rarely offered in rural areas, even though they are extraordinarily valuable,” MacNamara told the Merimbula News Weekly.
“So Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy deserves to be congratulated for making it available on the Far South Coast.”
The repetitive nature of running means it can easily lead to injury which, if not managed properly and promptly, can become chronic.
Common running injuries include knee pain, achilles and patellar tendon issues, plantar fasciitis, shin pain and stress fractures just to name a few.
The new Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy running assessment service involves technical video analysis of running performance using live video feedback.
The runner’s body movements, breathing, speed and all over body mechanics are evaluated with both shoes on and off to determine possible risks or causes of injury.
“This one hour running assessment is very comprehensive,” MacNamara said.
“The assessment considers things like footwear, technique, cadence, terrain, genetics, posture and training programs.” “Everything is evaluated from the ground up, so you leave feeling like nothing has been overlooked.
Emma Freer, a state level sprinter and physiotherapist at Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy is co-ordinating the program’s introduction.
“We know that a mechanically efficient runner is more economical, less likely to injure themselves,” Freer said.
“Our new program is all about identifying the issues that are impeding performance and are most likely to result in injury.
“Where necessary, we will suggest modifications to the runner that will lead to better performances and fewer injuries.”
Freer said the program isn’t just aimed at elite runners, but can benefit anyone from early development to fun runners and those just looking to stay fit.
“We find that people are amazed at some of the poor running techniques they have developed which we are able to quickly identify, and they are astounded by some of the simple things we can suggest that will improve their performance and enjoyment of running.
“The cost of a one hour assessment is $132 with rebates available from your health insurer and as a special for month of December if your readers mention this article when booking in they will receive a 10% discount,” Freer told the News Weekly.
Running assessments with Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy can be booked by phoning the clinic on 6495 2281 or contacting Emma at Emmaf@sapphirephysio.com.au.
Link to article in Merimbula District News.