Run Injury Free programme offers
benefits all athletes
Durban - As South Africans approach the ultra-distance marathon
season, starting with the Old Mutual Two Oceans next weekend,
the Run Injury Free programme in conjunction with Power Plate
gives runners the tools to prepare, compete and recover knowing
that they are going to remain injury free.
New York-based Dr Emily Splichal is currently in South Africa
heading around the country with the Run Injury Free Programme,
educating biokineticists, trainers, coaches, and runners about
how it works and how the Power Plate is such an integral part of
"To date most running programs focus on biomechanics and
technique, however very few are looking at these injuries as how
they related to neuromuscular control," Dr Splichal said. "The
Run Injury Free Programme by Power Plate and Naboso Technology
is the answer to preventing running injuries from a
"Naboso Technology has partnered with Power Plate to bring a new
approach and perspective on running-related injuries.
"70 - 80% of runners will get injured at some point during their
running career which means the prevention of injury is critical
in this population."
The Run Injury Free Programme is being launched around the
country as runners gear up for the upcoming Two Oceans and
Comrades Marathons. The most important element of the programme
is that it is not specifically aimed at elite athletes.
"All runners regardless of fitness level or running distance
will benefit from the Run Injury Free Programme," Dr Splichal
stressed. "All runners require the same stabilization and
neuromuscular coordination to meet the repetitive impact of
"In fact, all movement, including walking and jumping have
similar demands on the neuromuscular system which means this
program would benefit not just runners."
Power Plate hinges on three major components, prepare, perform,
recover. The Run Injury Free Programme too follows the same
"Run Injury Free is our way to help runners, number one, better
understand the demands of running, number two, better prepare
their body to meet these demands and, number three, more
effectively recover to offset stress and injury risk.
"It includes our pre-run prepare section which is done before
the runners put on their shoes and start running, the post-run
recovery which is intended to more effectively reduce the stress
associated with running.
"Then the two workouts that challenge the stabilization and
muscle activation demands of running and finally, the recovery
core flow to focus on increased core strength and total body
flexibility needed for running," she explained.
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