Kids Running Course
    Patrick Dessaulles

    Welcome to New Directions, the official podcast of the Physiotherapy Association of B. C. My name is Patrick Dessaulles, and I am the Professional Development Lead at P. A. B. C. and the host of this episode. Before we begin, I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied lands of the Syilx Okanagan First Nation.

    I also acknowledge the lands of the Indigenous Peoples across B. C. In this episode, I sit down with Lauren Roberts, a practicing physio, educator, and clinic owner to discuss some ideas around running and kids. Thank you so much, Lauren, for taking the time to, to come in and have a seat and chat about some of this stuff as we're going along and give us a bit more insight into running and kids.

    Why don't you maybe give us a bit of a brief introduction about yourself?

    Lauren Roberts

    Sure. Yes. Thank you so much for having me. I am over in Toronto, Ontario. I have been practicing for almost about 15 years now. I've worked primarily with a sports orthopedic population exclusively with runners for about the last almost 10 years.

    I can still treat everything but lower extremity overuse issues is very much my jam. And I don't treat so much at my clinic in Toronto, the clinic is the running physio, I mainly just manage the clinic now, but I do have a really small practice up in Orangeville, where I primarily work with pediatric athletes.

    The older kids a little bit. So age 13 up is very much my jam, but I'm trained and educated and treating kids of all ages, particularly things like Severs disease. There's a big lacrosse population where I live. So we see a lot of kids with Severs a lot of soccer players, a lot of hockey players.

    The nice thing with a lot of these sports is that running is like very much sort of a theme throughout most of them. So I get to use my running knowledge with the kiddos that I work with up here too.

    Patrick Dessaulles

    Oh, that sounds great. One of the things that I think we were hoping to maybe talk on to start with, and maybe just as a good starting point would be to just quickly touch on what are the three cornerstones that you typically utilize and think about when you're assessing runners and young runners?

    Lauren Roberts

    Yeah, so whenever we are working with a runner, the best way to assess them is we've divided all of the subjective and objective information into three categories. So the categories or the cornerstones as we call them in our course are the functional findings, the gait analysis findings and the lifestyle and plan findings.

    So the functional findings is very much your like, Quote unquote, traditional physio findings. So that would be the things that are intrinsic to the patient that you typically would probably be assessing for on an ordinary day. Things like range of motion, strength, imbalances, movement patterns, the way that this person moves through the world.

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