Strong body, strong running!

I’ve been meaning to write something about the ‘running rehab/FMR’ session I had with Andy Cole at Stroud Sports Clinic for a while but, due to being super busy, am only just now getting round to it. Sorry Andy!

During my last 16-week marathon training block I found myself suffering from a few injuries. These mostly surrounded my pelvis, groin/adductor and hip flexor area. Now, those that know me know I don’t like to admit defeat to anything but, on one week in particular, this injury stopped me running. IT STOPPED ME RUNNING! I was on my way out for a steady 6 miler, got 0.5 a mile into the run and just couldn’t take the pain any longer.

It was at this point that I contacted Jason Ford at said sports clinic for some immediate diagnosis/rehab work. He diagnosed the injury, which basically came about due to my unstable pelvis/core and weak glutes (my butt muscles). He prescribed some stretching and strengthening exercises which I had to do daily and guaranteed that, if I did, the injury would correct itself. Guess what people? It did. I was religious with these exercises as I wanted to run my marathon injury free. Bit-by-bit I got better.

So, once the marathon was complete, it got me thinking. I wanted to understand my body more as a runner. Was it just my butt which was weak, or were there other problems too? Jason had mentioned that his colleague Andy offered a FMS  (Functional Movement Screening) assessment and that, if I really wanted to know areas of my body which would benefit from being strengthened, which would in turn lead to me suffering less injuries, then I should have one. I took them up on the offer.

I met Andy at The Fifth Dimension gym in Stroud and, over the course of an hour, he took me through a few simple (and they were simple, which is good for me!), functional movements. The aim of which was to see what areas of my body were restrictive/tight/loose/had little range of movement. Andy is a top bloke who I have been seeing for personal training/resistance training advice for many years, so I trust his judgement implicitly.

I could tell immediately – although he did send me an official report – which areas needed work. These were my ankles and calves (tight/restricting movement), plus pelvic/groin  area/glutes etc… Do I need to go on more. After the review had taken place, and Andy was armed with all of the information he needed, I met him again where he went through a plan of action/flexibility and resistance training for me. I have been doing this for 5 weeks and can already feel the difference in my body and my running. Injury – touch wood – is not troubling me at present and I am looking forward to commencing marathon training for Amsterdam in October.

I cannot stress enough how good these guys at Stroud Sports Clinic are. They ALWAYS sort me out and continue to be my go to people for physiological advice when it comes to running /helping me help my body perform the best it can.

For me, this small investment in this FMR assessment is well worth it in terms of getting to know your body and, ultimately, keeping you running pain free.

Here’s what Andy says about it… he probably explains it better than me 🙂

Stroud Sports Clinic offer a full biomechanical and fitness assessment as part of their services. Using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise protocols, it is possible to build a complete picture of how well your body moves in space. Using dynamic functional movements can identify any weak areas including proprioception, muscle balance and coordination. Alongside these screening protocols, quality Assessment of Single Leg Squat (QASLS) and gait analysis in walking running is also assessed to truly identify and optimise movement and measures you could take to improve overall performance. All Biomechanical assessments also include a complimentary fitness assessment that can include blood pressure testing, body fat %, Heart rate training zones, appropriate VO2 max fitness tests and strength endurance or maximal strength testing depending on your general health or athletic needs.

Once you receive your results, it is possible to have a bespoke periodised program designed for you based on your goals, time scales and screening results. This can be reviewed every 4-6 weeks or more frequently with personal training. We also offer DNAfit testing to further optimise your training and nutrition based on your personal genetic markers. This includes a complimentary 30 minute consultation with our nutrionist or Rehabilitation coach and a free 12 week
nutrition plan.

Contact for more on these great services available at your local sports injury clinic.




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