The Performance Matrix

If a runner can not run, are they still a runner?

10th November 2015

If a runner can’t run, are they still a runner? Protect your identity

To be a runner, you probably need to run. This might be the painful truth if an injury is currently keeping you from clocking up the times and distances you have worked so hard to achieve. Many of us can so strongly identify with an activity or a sport that we see ourselves as a runner, a footballer, a climber. If this is the case, how do we ‘protect our identity‘ when it is so tightly wrapped up to something that a simple but recurrent injury can threaten?

Let’s take running.


This blog looks at running injuries and the application of The Running Matrix – Movement and Performance Screen; a tool to help reduce the risk of injury and enhance running performance.


A little background


  • Running injuries are common
  • The most common injuries occur in the knee, lower leg and foot.
  • We’ve added the technical names as if you’ve had this problem yourself you’ll be very familiar with it.
    • Patellofemoral Pain (PFJPS) (knee pain)
    • Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) (outside of leg pain)
    • Patella Tendinopathy (knee pain)
    • Achilles Tendinopathy (rear lower leg pain)
    • Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) (classic shin splints)
    • Plantar Fascitis (bottom of foot pain)

Therefore, it seems fairly clear where the problems manifest; the lower body. But, what’s the cause and how does any runner prevent them?

Due to the repetitive loading of running, 50 to75% of all injuries relate to overuse and injury recurrence rates ranges from 20 to 70% - therefore, once there is a problem, there is a decent chance of it coming back.

So, what’s the answer?

We think movement is the answer – both the problem’s cause and its solution. Therefore, we test runners’ movements and then help them reduce the risk associated to the issue we’ve found.

So, all runners have the same movement issue?

Well, actually, no. People move differently. Just watch the next time you see some runners. Notice the differing strides lengths, ground contacts, use of arms. Running can be achieved in many ways. Problems can actually occur when runners keep using the same parts of their body, in the same way. This is a risk for overuse injuries.

But, until we test somebody with The RUNNING Matrix we don’t know which parts they use excessively. People move differently and get injured in different ways. Finding the cause for the individual is what makes the outcome both so specific and effective.


Contact a TPM Pro clinic to get tested – find the fault, fix the fault, be the runner you want to be



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