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When it comes to gait retraining cues, there’s one which’s most likely the daddy. The boss. The large cheese. It’s rising step charge by working to the beat of a metronome. Check out this slide from Operating Repairs.
It’s from Lenhart et al. (2014) and it exhibits peak forces throughout working. The far proper column is what occurs to these forces once we improve step charge by 10%. The load on quads, glutes med and soleus reduces as does the stress on the patella tendon. Different analysis highlights how step charge will increase also can scale back stress on the patellofemoral joint, hip, tibia, Achilles tendon and extra.
There’s one draw back although. Have you ever ever run to the beat of a metronome? It’s so boring! Absolutely there have to be a greater method? Properly, an alternate that has been instructed is to run to the beat of music. Substitute the metronome with Metallica and away you go! Our video under explores new analysis (Brake et al. 2022) on this to see if it might really improve step charge plus the way you’d go about doing this in clinic.
We talk about gait retraining choices for tendinopathy in our ‘Tough Tendons’ video sequence. Entry it now at clinicaledge.co/tendons