Dr. Kevin Maggs D.C.

I am in private practice in Gainesville, VA.  Currently spending most of my time in the clinic, hanging out with my two kids, instructing for The Running Clinic, or instructing for Active Release Techniques

Formal Education

Undergrad:

Studied Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (the world’s first Kinesiology program) which included anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.  This was my first in depth exposure to biomechanics – forces, vectors, moment arms, material properties of tissues etc., under the guidance of the now famous Dr. Stu McGill.

Chiropractic School:

Studied at the National College of Chiropractic in Illinois.   More formal studies in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.  Unfortunately, there are misconceptions about the education of chiropractors, but multiple sources report chiropractic schools actually require significantly more education in anatomy, physiology and neurology than medical or PT school.

Post Graduate Biomechanics Courses:

 

Biomechanics books on my shelf

 

Experience

  • Private practice in Virginia for 16 years mainly focusing on runners and triathletes
  • Videotaped about 1,000 runners in the clinic to analyze their gait
  • Instructor for Active Release Techniques (ART)
  • Director for Active Release Techniques for all Rev3 triathlons (2009-2013)
  • Competed in 8 marathons, 3 full Ironman Triathlons and numerous other races

Reason for Running Reform

In 2009, I was brought on board the Rev3 triathlon series to be the ART (Active Release Techniques) director. The overwhelmingly consistent thing I hear from both the pros and age group athletes is the same I hear from new patients in my clinic: Whatever pain they are suffering from goes away with rest or treatment, but then comes back when they return to running. That statement indicates that they are running in a way that is putting too much strain on the spot that keeps hurting. No amount of ART, massage, cold laser, injections or foam rolling will help it if the underlying biomechanics aren’t addressed.

If this were a patient of mine in my practice, I would videotape them running and figure it out. However, when I ask these injured athletes at these races if someone has evaluated them run, the answer is usually “no”, or “my local running shoe store watched my feet while I ran on a treadmill.”

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time at these races to do a gait analysis.  However, I have recognized the need for these injured runners to have access to a proper gait analysis. This lead to…Running Reform.