Running Myths with Rich Willy, PT, PhD

Today I speak with Dr. Rich Willy, an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA) and the Director of the Montana Running Lab. Dr. Willy has been a clinician for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner.  He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers on two populations: endurance runners and tactical athletes. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for individuals with patellofemoral pain, Achilles tendon injuries, and bone stress injuries.

Rich is a clinician-researcher-educator and uses his experience in all three rolls to further the mission of the Montana Running Lab: “Improving runner health via evidence based knowledge translation.” The labs utilizes Instagram to provide evidence-based materials that are equally helpful to clinicians as well as to runners of all levels. 

We dive into common advice that ALL runners are tired of hearing and whether or not it’s useful. You don’t want to miss this interview!

We  talk about:

-to stretch or not to stretch

-Do we all have weak glutes?

-don’t neglect the plantar flexors

-benefits of strength training

-reoccurrence of old injuries

-rethinking old ideas

-common clinician mistakes

-“wrong” running form 

Time Stamps

1:00 introduction

2:25 top three myths

12:20 bone stress injuries

19:00 the benefits of collaborative care

23:30 RED-S, diet, and BMI

27:55 biggest mistakes clinicians make

30:01 the “wrong” running form

41:49 mixing pelvic and sports/ortho therapies 







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