Episode 316 is an Expert Edition featuring Professor Eric Hegedus (PT, DPT, PhD) sharing around Return to Run Programming
Professor Hegedus is the founding Program Director for the Tufts Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Professor Hegedus was previously the Founding Chair of High Point University's Department of Physical Therapy. He has authored over 85 peer reviewed publications, a textbook now in its second edition, and translated into five languages, and seven book chapters.
Dr. Hegedus has received multiple awards including the American Physical Therapy Association's James A Gould Excellence in Orthopedic Teaching Award, and has been a 4x winner of the Excellence in Physical Therapy Teaching Award. Dr. Hegedus is a founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement, a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury in active people.
In 2021 Professor Eric Hegedus, along with his colleagues published a scientific paper in the Sports Medicine Journal titled “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”, in this episode Professor Hegedus shares around return to run programs to ensure that the athlete is psychologically and physiologically ready to return to the demands of participation in sport and performance.
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“you need something that's simple and easy for the average human being”
“let's use all of these modalities that vary the intensities, let's build the base without building the mileage”
“Keep the athlete in the moment”
“I don’t think you have to PR every time out”
“Find a team that specialises in running and trust them” – Best advice
“15mins of interval jump roping” – Physical Challenge
Linkedin: @Eric Hegedus
06:15 How Eric’s Genesis as a clinician and practitioner began
10:00 How common running injuries are
12:30 Eric describes what return to running looks like
16:00 The 6 Guideline Phases of Eric's Publication “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”
21:40 How to best quantify the training load
27:45 Eric’s thoughts around Water running
32:30 Cross training endeavours
42:10 Returning the athlete to overground running
46:10 Tips on how to help athletes’ slow progression – stick to the rehab plan
48:30 Tips on adding intensity to the program
54:30 Psychological readiness of the injured athlete
58:30 Best advice to help the athlete return to running successfully
59:40 Physical Challenge
Dr Kevin Ford - Professor of Physical Therapy
James Smoliga - Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology
Publication: “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”
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