Running Injuries: Finding the Root Cause

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, March 18, 2014 — APTA recently spoke with Katie McDonald Netiz, a Runner's World editor, and James Koo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, an APTA member and physical therapist at RunSmart, a running clinic at New York University, for a Move Forward Radio episode called "Waking Sleeping Glutes in Runners." Neitz, a longtime recreational runner, discusses her visit to RunSmart and how Koo and a team of therapists helped her identify the source of her hamstring pain—a problem that had been nagging her for 6 years.

After a series of tests and evaluations to determine her strengths and weaknesses, Netiz was diagnosed with inactive gluteal muscles.

"I could not squeeze my glutes, which sounds ridiculous that a runner wouldn't be able to do that, but I couldn't," said Netiz. "So I credit my physical therapist at the clinic with giving me that eye-opening moment that really made me realize where my weakness was, and how much work I had to do to get better."

As experts in restoring and improving motion in people's lives, physical therapists who specialize in sports and fitness can identify the root cause of running injuries and create specialized treatment and injury prevention plans for runners of all levels, from skilled, endurance athletes to the less-experienced casual runner.

"We not only look at the individual body structures, but we also observe how they move and interact with each other," said Koo. "That's the heart of physical therapy― restoring an optimal functional movement pattern."

APTA provides additional resources for runners on that include an e-book titled The Physical Therapist's Guide to Healthy Running, symptoms and conditions guides, answers to common questions, and instructional videos.

The American Physical Therapy Association represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT) and Facebook.

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