ITB. For many runners this acronym may stand for ‘Imminent Trouble Brewing’, and then may progress to ‘Intense Thigh Burning’ and then eventually ‘I’m Taking a Break!’. If you have heard of the ITB it is probably because it been a source of pain and angst and impeded your ability to run. Hespanhol et al (2011) found that ITB pain syndrome is the third most common injury experienced by distance runners. It often starts out as a subtle warm glow around the lateral aspect of the knee, and then progresses to a debilitating, intense pain that can stop you running for weeks on end.
A systematic review by Louw and Deary (2013) that collated studies on the biomechanics of distance runners with ITB pain syndrome found that there are some trends seen in those who have a history of ITBPS compared to healthy controls, particularly around the hips and knees. This is easily assessed in an RunStrong Assessment through slow-motion gait analysis, and can also be addressed through deliberately altering running technique. (more…)