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|Subject: ||RE: loss of coordination in leg|
I'm not replying to any particular person on this forum but wanted to leave a post in the hope it helps someone else. I read this entire forum, looking for a solution for my daughter. An avid runner (logs 55 to 65 miles a week), she started experiencing loss of coordination in her left leg about a year ago. Oddly it never occurred when she ran on grass but on other surfaces the problem became more frequent and problematic. We visited PTs, doctors, and specialists of different flavors. After 12 months of therapy, diagnostic tests, and considerable out-of-pocket expense, a great many things had been ruled out but the specialists still hadn't found the cause or a cure. (Parallels the stories of most the people posting to this forum).
Then completely out of the blue I found someone with an answer -a former Olympic running coach. He gave my daughter these words of wisdom - stop over-striding and the leg problem will go away (and BTW you'll be a more efficient runner, too!). His explanation of the forces at work made considerable sense so my daughter did her own research on the internet (some slow-motion YouTube videos were great visuals), and changed her stride accordingly. She found it tiring at first and her calves were very sore but she was motivated to keep at it because amazingly, the leg problem disappeared in the first couple days! It has not resurfaced in 3 weeks, the improved stride now feels more natural, and to her delight, she's running faster because of better foot turnover.
Clearly leg problems can come from many sources but I wanted to post this success story since I didn't find much in the way of success stories on the internet after months of searching. What had seemed like a huge problem actually had a relatively simple solution. Just as proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive stress injuries which develop over time, proper body alignment in running is also necessary to prevent repetitive stress injuries that develop over miles and miles. I suspect this is something primarily seen in runners who log a ton of miles.
BTW. We haven't done this yet but plan to ask a local running coach to watch my daughter run and assess her new stride. While she's able to get a good sense of her center of gravity, she can't see herself run so think it's important for someone knowledgeable about striding to see if any further correction might be called for.
We hope others will be helped by what we learned!
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