Webinar: Recover from nagging injuries & smart treadmill training with Physical Therapist Malcolm Macaulay

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3:18: What to do if you are being forced to train on the treadmill when you typically would not be indoors

  • Put the treadmill at a 2% incline to emulate a more realistic outdoor running experience.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to warm up because running on the treadmill requires slightly different mechanics.
  • Start the speed out slow when you start running on the treadmill.
  • Ensure you are balanced by rotating your head and looking around so you don’t fall off if you get distracted by something or someone.
  • Ensure you are calm and you are breathing through your diaphragm. Treadmill running can make some runners nervous and throw them off their normal breathing pattern.
  • The treadmill is an excellent opportunity to work on your cadence and mechanics.
  • You don’t need to always run forward on the treadmill. You can go side to side and backwards at a slow speed. This lets you work on and strengthen muscles in different planes.

8:38: How should you handle the hotter, more humid environment when running indoors?

  • Ensure you are drinking fluid when running on the treadmill.
  • A towel is a useful tool as well to stay cool.
  • There is extra and novel muscle tension when running on the treadmill. Sometimes, it takes a few training sessions to adjust to the differences of the treadmill.
  • Fast walking is a skill that runners neglect. A fast walk can be productive. It helps build hip and ankle mobility.
  • Fast walking takes a different set of muscles that helps injury prevention and injury recovery.
  • A good workout option if you cannot run is to walk at 4MPH at 5% incline for 2 minute and then walk at a slower speed at 15% incline for 2 minutes. You can do this for 30-60 minutes. This can be useful in the case of injury recovery and be as close to running as you are going to get without actually running.

17:35: A warmup protocol on the treadmill

  • 1 minute walk at 2-3% incline
  • Shuffle sideways for 30 strides
  • Backwards for 30 strides
  • Shuffle sideways for 30 more strides on the other side
  • Repeat the shuffling pattern again
  • This will loosen up your muscle and loosen up your breathing.

23:00: First break for questions

  • A small treadmill incline is not necessarily only to account for the missing wind resistance compared to outdoor running. A small incline can feel more natural and more comparable to running outdoors due to the moving beltway.
  • A treadmill + slow motion video can be a useful tool for collecting information on your running form.

28:05: How to handle long term or nagging injuries

  • It is critical to stretch your PSOAS muscle.
  • A tight PSOAS can have cascading effects across the rest of the body.
  • You can disregard nearly all other stretches except a stretch on the hip flexor.
  • Minimal weights are needed to complete core-strengthening one-legged exercises.
  • Malcolm does a visual demonstration of some one-legged exercises you can do.
  • It is important to foam roll the whole body. This actives the lymph node system, the fascia, and core muscles.

41:27: Second break for questions

  • A discussion and demonstration of a mobility strategy to help handle Morton’s Neuroma.
  • A discussion of how to handle sciatica symptoms using backwards and sideways walking on the treadmill.
  • It takes longer than you think to recondition muscle and bone to impact forces after an injury.

48:00: An in-depth discussion & demonstration of the LightSpeed Lift bodyweight support system, its uses for recovery, and its uses for pro runners

Thank you to Malcolm for joining us today!

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Why: Recover from nagging injuries & smart treadmill training with Physical Therapist Malcolm Macaulay

Topic list:

  • Effective training on the treadmill if you are confined indoors
  • This time period is a unique opportunity to heal long term, nagging injuries
  • Solutions to common issues that physical therapists are encountering
  • Use of the LightSpeed system for rehab and recovery

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