Injuries are unavoidable. $HiT happens! Whether it’s your knee, ankle, or hip, you need to follow a systematic return to running protocol to ensure that you’ve built up the adequate strength to run. Returning to running after an injury without a plan is like running a marathon without building up your mileage. It puts your body at increased risk of future re-injury! Follow these easy steps and you’ll be back to running in no time!
Step-ups will always be a staple drill in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs when it comes to working with runners. Considering the unilateral, weight-bearing nature of the step-up, it effectively challenges recruitment patterns analogous to those encountered during routine activities of daily living and sport.
This article is a must read for any runner and one of the best articles you will read hands down regarding strength training for runners – all focused around the step up. It’s written by renown running expert and physical therapist Dr. Christopher Johnson. He’s not just an academic, but also a 2x Kona Qualifier and currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. So let’s just say he knows a thing or two about running performance! Chris was kind enough to release this chapter of his ebook Running On Resistance FREE for you guys here in this article. If you like what you read (and we know you will), you can save 15% on his book using the code “stepupsforgains“ here.