Running Injury Clinic

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Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

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  • Start: 9.00pm Friday September 28th 2012

  • Finish: 11.00am Saturday September 29th 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $25,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $2,908

A key element of Marathon Quest 250 was medical testing. During 2010 I had a blood test every month. Key indicators such as Haemoglobin, Platelet Count, Sodium, Potassium and Cholesterol were checked to see if there were any abnormalities. I also had several echocardiograms, to check the heart's performance, and 3D bone imaging, to check the density and strength of the bones.

An area of testing that I had always been interested in was running gait and bio mechanics. Last Tuesday I was invited to the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary to check this out. The clinic is run by Dr Reed Ferber. Dr. Ferber is a board certified athletic therapist and holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine and gait biomechanics from the University of Oregon. He has completed post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Delaware and the University of Calgary and specializes in the research and clinical treatment of lower extremity injuries. Also, he always wears a bow tie.

I met Dr Ferber at the front desk of the clinic and he explained the testing procedure. They would be looking at four key areas of my running, biomechanics, alignment, strength and flexibility. Clinic Director Shari took me into the back room and started to stick little reflective balls on my ankles, knees, legs and hips. I then put on a pair of customized Nikes, again with the little reflective balls on them. She told me to get onto the treadmill and she cranked it up. As I started to hit my stride I looked over to my left and watched a little "Stick Martin" running on the computer screen.

After 10 minutes the running was over and the strength and flexibility testing began. The strength work was OK but the flexibility tests were painful. Clinic Director Shari bent me into all sorts of shapes and, with a protractor, measured all sorts of angles. Soon she was finished and she sent me to the main office to wait for the results. Twenty minutes later Clinic Director Shari came out with a 16 page report and we went over the details. In a nut shell my bio mechanics were very good, alignment was good, strength was fair and flexibility was pathetic. There was one anomaly, however, I have a very flexible big toe.

It was obvious that my flexibility needed work and Shari gave me two pages of stretching exercises to make me more bendy. Before I left, Dr Ferber dropped in to see how things were going and he wondered if I would like to participate in an 8 week research study on "Changes in Running Biomechanics Following an Intervention Program in Older Runners". Sign me up, testing starts on Thursday. Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day

"A man should learn to watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Feeling a little nervous before the testing begins.

Running Injury Clinic

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