As the exclusive Physical Therapy and Training Center for the Sketchers Los Angeles Marathon and their Road Runners Training Program, we meet many inured and desperate runners this time of year.
Losing fitness, falling behind in training, and the loss of one’s social network, injured runners quickly become depressed. Few realize the upside of their injuries. For athletes, every injury has silver lining. As with any set back, injuries offer you chance to learn more about yourself.
From the day you realize your pain is not going away and you have to admit you are injured, and through the process of getting a diagnosis and then rehabilitating your injury, there are many opportunities to learn about your body, about the science of endurance training, and your emotional connection to your sport.
At first, you will feel a sense of the loss of your health. We take our health for granted until it’s taken from us, and all the implications of not being able to train become acutely apparent. Training provides social interaction, a sense of belonging to an elite community of athletes, as well as a tool for stress management. For some, training is essential for good health and the management of very real health risks.
Feeling the sense of loss, your focus will turn to trying to gain an understanding of which anatomical structure is injured and how you are going to recover. A thorough Physical Therapy evaluation will provide a complete understanding your injury, it’s cause, how to get better as quick as possible and the adjustments you need to make to remain injury free.
From a Forster Physical Therapy Injury Evaluation you will learn:
1. Which specific structure is injured (that’s the easy part)
2. What caused the injury: including anatomical imbalances and alignment issues which may be distant from the painful site, possible training errors, run gait insufficiency, improper shoe choice, and nutrition and hydration problems that effect your workouts
3. How to protect the injury from further damage
4. How to cross train to prevent the loss of your hard earned fitness
5. How to immediately get started on the road to recovery
6. How to correct faulty alignment, muscular imbalances, gait, training errors, and any problem that is exposed through the evaluation
7. What you need to know to stay healthy
And the best news is that the evaluation is free for all runners and walkers registered for Sketchers Los Angeles Marathon!
Call 310-656-8600 today and schedule your free injury assessment with any of our highly experienced Physical Therapists, or request to see me personally and you will have taken the first step on the road to recovery!