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Public lecture: Developing faster and more robust endurance runners using strength training techniques

Date and Time
10th August 2022, 17:30 - 18:30
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This public lecture will be delivered by Dr Richard Blagrove, Lecturer in Physiology at Loughborough University, on Wednesday 10th August at 5:30pm. The talk will discuss developing faster and more robust endurance runners using strength training techniques.

Distance running performance is primarily limited by physiological attributes, however neuromuscular factors are also known to be important. Various strength training modalities offer a means of improving neuromuscular qualities, which can potentially improve distance running performance via several important underlying physiological determinants.

The prevalence of overuse injury in the running community is relatively high, therefore strategies to mitigate against the risk of injury are of interest to athletes and their coaches. Several intrinsic risk factors associated with common injuries in distance runners are potentially modifiable with strength training activities. Addressing these risk factors with a targeted and individualised programme of supplementary exercises is therefore likely to lower injury risk.

In this talk, Richard will provide an overview of the evidence that supplementary strength training may be of benefit to distance runners from a performance and injury risk perspective. The talk will also provide recommendations concerning the prescription of appropriate strength and conditioning activities for runners.

Richard is a Lecturer in Physiology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. He has worked in academia for 14 years and his research interests are primarily in endurance running physiology and how strength training activities can be used to enhance performance and improve health in runners of all ages across the performance spectrum. Alongside his academic commitments, he has developed extensive strength and conditioning coaching experience with middle- and long-distance runners. In 2015 he published the book Strength and Conditioning for Endurance Running and last year co-edited the textbook The Science and Practice of Middle- and Long-Distance Running.

This public lecture is free to attend and is open to anyone with an interest in the topic. The event will take place online via Zoom and will last for approximately an hour. To book your place please complete the online booking form, you will be emailed joining details the day before the talk.

This talk will be recorded and the recording will be made available online a few days after the event.

If you have any questions please email NCSEM-Education@lboro.ac.uk.