The Physical Performance Show: Professor Eric Hegedus (PT, DPT, PhD) – Return to Run Programming

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Professor Eric Hegedus

In episode 316 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Professor Eric Hegedus (PT, DPT, PhD) around Return to Run Programming in this Expert Edition

Professor Hegedus is the founding Program Director for the Tufts Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Professor Hegedus was previously the Founding Chair of High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy. He has authored over 85 peer reviewed publications, a textbook now in its second edition, and translated into five languages, and seven book chapters.

Dr Hegedus has received multiple awards including the American Physical Therapy Association’s James A Gould Excellence in Orthopaedic Teaching Award, and has been a 4x winner of the Excellence in Physical Therapy Teaching Award. Dr Hegedus is a founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement, a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury in active people.

In 2021 Professor Eric Hegedus, along with his colleagues published a scientific paper in the Sports Medicine Journal titled “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”, in this episode Professor Hegedus shares around return to run programs to ensure that the athlete is psychologically and physiologically ready to return to the demands of participation in sport and performance.

To listen to Episode 316:


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Listen in as we delve into the following:

  • How Eric’s Genesis as a clinician and practitioner began
  • How common running injuries are
  • Eric describes what return to running looks like
  • The 6 Guideline Phases of Eric’s Publication “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”
  • How to best quantify the training load
  • Eric’s thoughts around Water running
  • Cross training endeavours
  • Returning the athlete to overground running
  • Tips on how to help athletes’ slow progression – stick to the rehab plan
  • Tips on adding intensity to the program
  • Psychological readiness of the injured athlete

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To follow Eric Hegedus

Twitter: @ehegedus44
Linkedin: @Eric Hegedus


Publication: “Comprehensive Return to Competitive Distance Running a Clinical Commentary”

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