Why is the running technique important for runners?

A recently widely used way to handle overuse injuries which can be prevalent in runners is to use gait retraining. That is changing how a runner runs with a different style. It makes sense that if you have an injury from running one way, then change the method you run. There's still much to be discovered about carrying this out, but it is becoming increasingly popular and plenty of health professionals along with running technique teachers are using this to aid runners. There is a recently available episode of PodChatLive which was centered on the subject. PodChatLive is a chat show for podiatrists and other health professionals hosted by Craig Payne from Australia and Ian Griffiths from England. They go live on Facebook with a different guest each week. The taped version is next uploaded to YouTube and a podcast version is also offered.

In the episode of PodChatLive on gait retraining in runners Ian and Craig talked with this with James Dunne. James is a very highly regarded running coach as well as the owner of the Kinetic Revolution to assist runners with their education and running techniques. In the show they discussed why then when we may need to modify a runners running approach, and how a health professional may well go about doing that. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that an individual approach is essential, and there are no one size fits all strategies. One size will not fit all. They discussed the bidirectional and symbiotic partnership between running coachs and Podiatrists. James Dunne is a runner, a sports rehabilitation therapist and coach from Norwich in the UK. James has a qualification in sports rehabilitation. James started the Kinetic Revolution coaching website back in 2010 as a way of sharing exactly what he learnt on his experience as an ex-pro rugby player to working in the sports injury community, and to him becoming a marathon runner.