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Research from Salford’s Running Performance Clinic generates a wave of media attention

Oct 09, 2018

Diagrams taken from the journal
Diagrams taken from the American Journal of Sports Medicine

New research from our Running Performance Clinic has found that many running injuries may be influenced by simple technique errors. The study, managed by PhD researcher and physiotherapist Chris Bramah and Research Centre Director and Senior Research Fellow Dr Steve Preece, was recently published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and looks at the technique of runners who were injured with common complaints such as runner’s knee, shin splints and Achilles tendinopathy compared to injury free individuals.

“These running injuries are some of the most common injuries experienced by runners and can lead to considerable time off the roads” explains Chris. “For any runner, time off due to injury is incredibly frustrating. What we wanted to do with the study is identify whether there were aspects of running technique that may be contributing to these injuries. If so, we can hopefully use this information to help runners recover from injury and prevent future injuries happening.”

The team used 3D infrared cameras to analyse the running style of 72 runners suffering some of the more common complaints - patellofemoral pain (runners knee), medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints), iliotibial band syndrome, and Achilles tendinopathy. They then compared their technique to that of 36 runners who had never suffered a common running overuse injury. What they found among those injured were “common biomechanical patterns” that were different to the injury free runners.

The research has attracted media interest from the likes of Runners’ World, The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, Yahoo and others. Furthermore Chris discussed the research on BBC Radio Scotland while highlighting our industry-focused Sports Science and Physiotherapy offer.

“The work done by the Gareth Hollyman from Press and the wider team and has been absolutely fantastic,” continued Chris. “The study has had a huge media reach which I think this comes down to the combined hard work of the Press Office and the quality of research we are delivering at Salford University."

“For me the most pleasing aspect has been that we have been able to deliver high quality research from a University of Salford clinical service - the Running Performance Clinic. The service aims to deliver clinically meaningful outcomes to patients, as well as generating a research output. Since launching in 2014 we have helped to improve the running performance of over 500 patients and assisted many to recover from injuries.”

The clinic also offers work experience to new graduates and undergraduates, in turn helping them raise their skills and enhance their CVs.   

Click here to read about the research in Runner's World.