Ep. 144 Chaser – Blazing Trails for Running PT with Blaise Williams of the VCU Run Lab


Episode 143 Chaser

In this episode with Blaise Williams, we learn all about the VCU Run Lab, Exercise Physiology research in the running community, and how an ancient Mayan word captures his love for running. Blaise enjoys a Triple Hop Islander IPA by Coronado Brewing Company while Jimmy sips on a Mint Chocolate Stout from 17 Brewing.

Bio: D.S. Blaise Williams III, PT, Ph.D

Dr. Blaise Williams received his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1992. He went on to receive his Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1996 and obtained his Ph.D in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware in 2000. He is the current Vice President of the Sports Section of the APTA. Blaise is also the director of the VCU Run Lab and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Williams teaches within the orthopedic and sports curriculum and continues to see patients at the VCU Sports Medicine Clinic. Apart from teaching and practicing, Dr. Williams studies gait patterns of runners where his current research includes the enhancement of running mechanics as it relates to injury and performance across the lifespan and understanding regularity of human movement in healthy and injured runners.

Contact Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vcurunlab/
Twitter: @Rundocblaise
Email: [email protected]

Episode 143 Shoutouts
Team Concept Conference: SPTS (spts.org/education/conferences/team-concept-conference)
International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (ifspt.org/)
VCU Run Lab (khs.vcu.edu/about/vcu-run-lab/)
Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB
Irene Davis, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FACSM, FASB
John DeWitt, PT, DPT, AT
Ool Run: Passion for Running (oolrun.com/)
Lee Franco, PhD

Episode 143 Highlights
(1:25) Blaise briefly discusses the SPTS’s Team Concept Conference currently held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(2:15) How did you get into the run analysis background? Where did you start?
(3:48) Blaise describes what it’s like to work with runners.
(4:53) Tell us a little about the VCU Run Lab and what makes it so special.
(7:38) What are some of the specific abnormalities commonly seen in patients/clients visiting the Run Lab?
(9:07) What types of people are you analyzing in the Run Lab (e.g. weekend warriors, higher end athletes, etc.)?(11:35) Blaise discusses the variability of running and how each individual has a unique running “fingerprint.”
(14:03) What do you do when a patient/client indicated they don’t have pain until further in a run (e.g. Mile 4 or 5)?
(15:57) Are you able to calculate force data with those cameras and 3D equipment?
(18:36) Blaise discusses the breadth and variability in research being produced through the VCU Run Lab and how it applies to athletes across the spectrum of sport.
(20:54) How are NHL Hockey players at running?
(21:39) Out of the many populations of patients you’re studying, what are some of the favorites you have in terms of research?
(23:46) Blaise discusses the importance of basic movement for overall health.
(26:24) Where in the US have you always thought about going to be a PT? Why? (3 Questions sponsored by Aureus Medical Staffing)
(27:16) What is something you have recently read that excited you? (3 Questions sponsored by Aureus Medical Staffing)
(29:23) Who is somebody else in the PT field that we should know more about? Maybe someone that is flying under the radar but doing great things. (3 Questions sponsored by Aureus Medical Staffing)
(30:25) Blaise discusses a website he co-founded and the services it provides to the running community: Ool Run: Passion for Running (www.oolrun.com)
(32:28) In your work within the Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory, are you looking at how the biochemical meets biomechanical?
(35:17) Why should someone become a member of, not only a section, but of the Sports Section [of the APTA]?

“You have to look at that patient that’s standing in front of you as an individual. There are no cookie-cutters, there is no easy way, and it’s hard as a new grad, it’s hard as a new student to problem solve. Your tendency is to move towards, “I’ve seen this before and this is what I want to do.” What you want to be able to do is to make sure that you see the problem before it sees you. Not realizing something that’s going on can really put you back, at the very least a few weeks, maybe a few months with the treatment of that patient. Ask all those questions and don’t rush through your evals. Make sure you get all the information because each patient is going to present differently.”

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