Sometimes the best way to release the stress from a long day is to tie up your shoes, grab your heart rate monitor, and go for a long run. I have found that running can be a great way to clear my mind, and to process through ideas much easier without all the distractions of my phone. However, like many of us who run often, at some point you will come down with an injury. For the hardcore runners, how you recover from an injury is extremely important for the lifespan of your running career and your running performance.
I know very few runners who have a solid mobility or stretch program that they do before and after a run. It usually isn't until after an injury occurs that runners start to implement these types of strategies. However, once they feel better, typically they go back to their old routines. This is where Physical Therapist and Running Specialist Nicole Armbrust comes into play!
Nicole specializes in working with runners. She is a runner herself and has gone through the cycles of injuries and recovery. With her experience with functional movement and her abilities to utilize her specialties and technology to assess the human body, she helps to improve running performance with all of her patients. How does she do this? Listen to How to Improve Running Performance with Nicole Armbrust to find out how!
8:50 – Nicole dancing on stage to demonstrate the power of technology
9:15 – Nicole actually started out hating running because of its association as punishment with sports
10:15 – When you start to run marathons
10:55 – Did you end up with any injuries during your training for your marathons
11:45 – Did your own running injuries start to spark your interest in how to prevent running injuries?
12:40 – Doctors don't pay attention to what the runner needs, just focuses on the treatment
13:25 – When did you get introduced to Gray Institute who are the leaders of functional movement
14:35 – Her idea of a clinical setting started to change, and she couldn't work for others anymore. This is when JumpStartRunning was born
16:30 – What the heck is functional movement
17:40 – What are some examples of a non-functional movement
19:40 – The hip flexors “take over” as they become tight and change the movement patterns of the bones, which shuts off the gluts
20:45 – How do you add in a stretching program to improve running
22:15 – How do you create different stretch programs than traditional programs
24:00 – What is 3d movement
24:00 – Tissues need to lengthen in all planes of motion, not just a single plane of motion which is how we typically train
25:20 – Why do we need length in the tissues
27:15 – Running is known as a single plane motion (forward and back) however training side to side or rotationally can greatly improve your running
29:00 – How do you keep people doing what they love while still working on their injuries
30:45 – What do you do first to assess someone who has an injury
34:00 – How can technology map movement patterns and see the joint motions within the body
36:15 – What are some of the big hitters that need to be worked on and improved for running
39:15 – How different body types impact the type of running you do
42:00 – 4th component to improving running is nutrition, download your free Nutrition for the Running Athlete ebook Here!
43:40 – How do we get the younger generation to start stretching since they don't typically notice a difference that it makes in their body
48:30 – Nicole's mobility program, JumpStartStretch is to help you properly stretch to prevent injuries from running
Learn More About Nicole Armbrust
Online Running Performance Program: JumpStartStretch.com