Stress fractures are a hot topic at the moment within the running community. The dreaded "stressie" sends most runners into a cold sweat even thinking about it.
I caught up with the "Running Physio" Tom Goom for his expertise on the management of stress fractures in runners.
"Hitting the “sweet spot” requires a careful balance. Too much load can lead to a response but too little can reduce bone density and strength. At each stage of the rehab programme the appropriate load needs to be prescribed to optimise bone health"
Read the full interview of Taking the Stress out of Stress Fracture here at Fast Running.
Big thanks to Tom for his insights. He is an exceptional example of being proactive when it comes to stress fractures. I have been particularly impressed with his bone health screening tool he uses in his daily practice.
I urge any health care professional, coach and athlete to follow Tom on social media and check out some of his articles on his website.
Psychological aspects are important to consider. Many athletes feel as if they have lost their coping strategy for stress management. Some may even have a form of exercise addiction which may have contributed to the injury in the first place.