Carrie Truebenbach Has a Long View When Working With Athletes

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My guest today is a physical therapist and a running coach whom I recently connected with.

She will cover her coaching philosophy and how she empowers her athletes to make the best decisions for themselves.

I look forward to going a few easy miles with Carrie Truebenbach today!

Carrie Truebenbach

Embracing the Challenge

Carrie Truebenbach first began running in high school.

She initially went to the cross-country tryouts to get in shape for basketball.

Carrie enjoyed the challenge of running so much that she never went out for the basketball team.

For the next four years, she focused only on running, in track and cross-country.

Before attending college, Carrie knew that she wanted to become a physical therapist.

Physical therapy school is intense and can be especially demanding.

With that in mind, Carrie decided not to add collegiate running to her sure-to-be-busy schedule.

Missing the Team Aspect

Early in her freshman year, Carrie was already missing the team aspect she loved about running.

She inquired about the walk-on program at Boston University.

Carrie chose to run again on the team and found that running helped her to stay focused despite her busy schedule.

Running remained a constant post-college and throughout her many life transitions.

Carrie found the sport to be a highly impactful activity in her life.

It positively impacted her health and wellness and also became a social activity.


Carrie has been fortunate not to have sustained any big running injuries during her lifetime.

Her experience has taught her that adult running injuries are often the result of training errors.

Carrie has focused most of her career in orthopedics and slowly trended toward sports med.

She eventually went back to school to get her Masters degree in kinesiology.

The focus of her thesis was how running mechanics changed as runners became more fatigued.

Around the same time, Carrie was also teaching at a University.

She loved sharing knowledge with her students, but she was also itching to practice.

In 2020, she opened a practice that specialized in injured runners and also began coaching.

More Questions Than Answers

The thesis that Carrie focused on studied 10 to 12 healthy female runners.

Ultimately not many changes were found in the form of fatigued runners.

The changes documented were seen at the hips rather than the feet.

Studying running form is an ever-evolving field according to Carrie and there is always room for interpretation.

Injury incidence per year for runners hasn’t changed despite all the advancements in technology.

Typically a history of prior injury is a good predictor of risk factors for injuries in the future.

Impatience often plays a big role in why injuries recur.

Empowering Athletes

A tenant of her practice is to empower athletes to make the best decisions for themselves.

She cannot be with them at all times to answer questions.

Runners have to learn to auto-regulate and listen to their bodies rather than blindly following a schedule.

There is no gold standard because everyone is unique.

Carrie always looks at the long view when treating patients or coaching athletes.

Carrie Truebenbach

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Carrie Truebenbach is a physical therapist and a coach. Her business has evolved over the years, but her philosophy has remained the same. Share on X

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