Episode 47 with Stacey Meardon [Injury Risk Factors]


In this episode we talked with Stacey Meardon, PT, PhD about some of her research which has looked at biomechanical risk factors for injury, step width modification for MTSS and ITB issues, and also some clinical pearls to think about when someone presents in your clinic with a suspected bone stress injury. For the really nerdy, we even briefly talked about the ‘free moment’ and its potential relevance to injury.

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About Stacey Meardon:
Stacey is a Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor at East Carolina University Her research involved neuromuscular and biomechanical factors that contribute to injury during running. The overarching goal of her research is to prevent injury in active populations in order to optimize long term bone and joint health and remove barriers to physical activity. Her research is directed toward identifying biomechanical factors that result in injury and elevated tissue stress during physical activity in order to identify interventions that improve biomechanical factors associated with injury, reduce pain, and improve function. Stacey is also interested in how postural control, movement variability and coordination contribute to injury.

Relevant Podiatry Arena threads for more information:
Use a wider base of gait for medial tibial stress syndrome
Step width alters iliotibial band strain during running

Episode 40 with Rich Willy [Running Biomechanics and Tissue Capacity]


In this episode, we talk with the physical therapist, Richard Willy. Rich explains what tissue capacity is, what he looks for during a gait analysis, the benefits and pitfalls of ‘wearables’, and how footwear may fit into the whole picture. He also summarised the key differences between treadmill and overground running, with good take homes for clinicians who analyse their athletes on the treadmill and then extrapolate that to the outside world.

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About Rich Willy:
Dr. Richard Willy, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at University of Montana. Rich received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his master of physical therapy from Ohio University. In addition to his research interests, he been a clinician for 18 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for patellofemoral pain syndrome, Achilles tendon injuries and tibial stress fractures. As well as publishing in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Willy is a national and international presenter on his research and clinical expertise on how to evaluate and treat the runner with injuries. Dr. Willy and his research have been featured in Runner’s World multiple times.

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