Mike Swinger Is Educating Runners On Injury Prevention


My guest today is a physical therapist that loves working with runners because he is one of us.

Mike Swinger

Mike Swinger is passionate about working with athletes, specifically runners, and helping them to avoid injuries.

Today we will go a few easy miles as he shares his insight and knowledge on how to run pain-free.

Early Injuries Shaped A Career

Mike was always an athlete growing up, but focused on team sports and viewed running as a punishment.

His numerous athletic endeavors landed him in the hospital for 2 knee surgeries while in high school.

The road to recovery included multiple physical therapy appointments.

As he quickly realized, some physical therapists were more knowledgeable than others.

This realization shaped what career path he would take along with how he would approach the athletes that came to him.

Mike is passionate about helping runners tune up their bodies to run more effectively through various stretches and exercises.

Each athlete will benefit in various ways to certain exercises.

It is crucial that individuals make themselves a case study of one.

Mike Swinger Demonstrating an Exercise

A Little Goes A Long Way

The most common excuse runners have for not doing exercises or stretching is lack of time.

Mike is a firm believer that positive benefits can occur with two weekly stretching and foam rolling sessions that last 30 minutes.

Doing these sessions regularly can provide a cumulative effect.

A visual reminder, such as leaving a foam roller by a couch, is often helpful in creating habits.

The 4 most common problem areas in runners tend to be:

  • Tight hip flexors
  • Glutes
  • Calves
  • Adductors (Inner thighs)

A personal referral is often the best way to get a PT that is familiar with runners.

3 Pillars of Running

The 3 main principles of injury-free running are:

  • Flexibility
  • Form
  • Strength

Flexibility deficits can impact form and lead to injury.

Form is the body expressing itself in motion and is a direct reflection of the strength and flexibility one possesses.

Genetic makeup also plays a role in one’s form and what is realistic.

Hip, core, and foot strength should not be overlooked in runners.

A videotape of you running can help to highlight poor form and deficiencies to work on.

The way a runner’s arms move can point to underlying issues.


Mentioned In This Episode:

If you want to connect with Mike, check out his Website and make sure to follow him on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.


Mike Swinger is a physical therapist that is focused on working with runners and helping them run pain-free. #runchat #runnerproblems Click To Tweet


As Always, I’d Love to Know What Stood Out to You From this Episode! Let Me Know Your Takeaway in the Comments Below!

 Want to Support the Continued Growth & Production of the Show?

Check out the support page for ideas and suggestions of ways you can help me grow the show. And remember, not all support involves money. Some of the best ways you can show your support are 100% free.

Subscribe to the Show

Never miss another episode of the Diz Runs Radio by subscribing to the show, and for my fellow Apple fans out there, it’s never been easier now that the podcast app is native on the new operating system. iPhone/iPod/iPad users click here. Android users click here. SoundCloud users click here.

Please Give Me Some Feedback!

Take the 6 question listener survey to help me shape the future of this podcast.

Register for a Free Race Training Plan

Every month, I’m giving away a FREE training plan for the race of your choice. For details/information, and to sign up, just click here.

Join The Tribe!

There’s always room for more members of the tribe! Both the Facebook group and the email group provide opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. The Facebook group is still small, but it is a great way to connect with fellow runners and foster community amongst like-minded individuals. The email group is THE way to stay up to date about future guests on the show, as well as getting some other freebies and offers that aren’t available to anyone else. If you’ve got questions about either/both, just let me know!

 

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.