Join us today as I interview physical therapist and running specialist Chris Johnson. Topics discussed are:
[4:14] Chris’s unique background as a physical therapist and athlete
[7:30] How promoting longevity in fitness through smarter training is vital
[9:24] One of the most critical mistakes runners make with training
[10:05] 90% of runners run at 90% intensity, 90% of the time and 90% get injured – whoa
[13:30] Chris’s current patient caseload and how he integrated running performance into his physical therapy practice
[16:20] What are the most common injuries seen in the running population?
[17:15] The importance of a thorough subjective during your initial evaluation
[17:48] Chris’s assessment of an injured runner
[18:34] Staging and typing an injury – Where am I in the stages of rehab?
[19:14] The importance of single leg balance
[19:57] Progression through the 1st ray and great toe
[20:30] Eccentric closed chain tolerance – The step-down test
[20:50] What’s frontal plane stability look like?
[21:02] Can the patient properly hop?
[22:00] We are returning runners to running too quickly after injury
[22:44] How Chris progresses his runners back to running after injury
[24:10] Teaching runners decision making while running – when to push and when to stop immediately
[26:10] Chris’s favorite drills and progressions to enhance single leg stance
[29:48] How Chris teaches progression through the 1st ray
[32:52] Should we teach the short foot and can we actually teach a short foot?
[33:53] How to cue people most effectively
[35:18] How do we integrate more dynamic foot stability into our therapy once our patients have mastered static exercises (Single leg stance)
[37:20] Chris’s favorite closed chain eccentric exercises – The importance of weightlifting for runners. The runner’s “core four”
[39:17] How Chris checks frontal plane stability and then treats it – Single leg balance and hip abduction
[41:55] What does a typical running biomechanical analysis look like for Chris? Should we be messing with our patient’s running mechanics?
[43:00] How and why rushing to biomechanical analysis can lead to failure
[44:40] A unique way Chris gets his patient to decrease stride length
[45:48] How do we pick the perfect shoe?
[49:08] How minimalist shoes change the stress on your foot and how age can be an important factor for shoe selection
Chris’s Website: http://chrisjohnsonpt.com/
Bruce Wilk’s site: http://www.wilkpt.com/
That was a tremendous amount of excellent information,
Dan Pope DPT, CSCS
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