Steamboat Springs Poor running form is attributable to a number of things, but it can be corrected.
SportsMed's Scott Blair, a physical therapist, and Jennifer Kerr, a doctor/physical therapist, are conducting a free Running Right clinic at 6 p.m. today at the
SportsMed offices at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Both are runners, though Blair is still recovering from competing in The Rio 24 hours of Steamboat mountain bike race during the weekend.
The number of runners in the area makes clinics such as today's popular.
"The purpose of the clinic is to have people running with more efficiency, which is basically for injury prevention and so you will be using your muscles in a more efficient manner," Blair said.
Kerr and Blair can watch a person run or walk and pick out improper movements. Corr--ecting those movements leads to improved technique, which leads to longer, faster runs without injury.
"The idea is to figure out what causes the abnormalities," Blair said. "It can be genetic. It can be from posture or your work setting. It can be from old injuries. Your body can get tight on one side and be not as flexible."
Blair and Kerr will address strength and flexiblity. Watching the Steamboat Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K on June 4 brought out the teacher in both.
"A lot of people, when you look at them, you see someone who runs more right to left or side to side," Blair said. "There is more movement in other planes instead of straight forward. If you look at some of the people in the marathon, you look at them and you are like, 'How are they running?'"
Injuries such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain and lateral hip problems can be caused by improper running technique.
Runners participating in today's clinic need to show up dressed to exercise, which includes running shoes, Blair said.