Under Armour Newsroom

08.22.2018

LANNI MARCHANT'S ROAD TO RECOVERY BEGAN IN OREGON

A visit with UA's Athlete Performance Team yields unexpected results for Canada's fastest marathoner

LANNI MARCHANT'S ROAD TO RECOVERY BEGAN IN OREGON

A visit with UA's Athlete Performance Team yields unexpected results for Canada's fastest marathoner

The Under Armour Portland office (UA PDX) is home to the company’s new Center for Performance Innovation that includes a state-of-the-art biomechanics lab and performance training center for athlete testing. It’s also where Canadian record-holding marathon runner Lanni Marchant first discovered a career-changing injury.

In 2013, Lanni started to complain about a pain in her left hip, and as any athlete would do she turned to sports medicine experts for guidance – but, they all missed a substantial injury. Lanni explains, “If you tell me what’s hurting is no big deal, I will keep going. Athletes look to specialists to tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing, and if the answer is ‘you’re fine’, we tend to suck it up.” So, she kept running through the pain.  And, it wasn’t until she attended a 2017 Under Armour media event hosted at UA PDX that her medical mystery started to unravel.

“When athletes come to us we focus on the holistic person; we don’t lead with the sport. We dig deep to understand how they fundamentally move and then we set about creating personalized programs to optimize their training and recovery strategies.“
- Paul Winsper, VP Athlete Performance at Under Armour

Lanni was at the event showcasing the latest technology of UA’s HOVR running shoe when Michael Watts, a sport scientist with Under Armour, noticed something was off with her gait. Wanting to dive into it further, Michael and the team, led by Paul Winsper, VP Athlete Performance, asked her to come back for gait analysis testing where they found her left foot wasn’t pushing off with any power.

“If I’m putting a bid in for Tokyo, this is what it’s going to take.”
- Lanni Marchant, on the decision to interrupt training for surgery

Following the trip to Portland, Lanni was referred to a specialist in Vancouver Canada and then to a clinic in the US.  When the specialists recommended surgery she decided to proceed so she could focus on training and so she could someday run pain free again.

With surgery now behind her and a treatment plan in place, Lanni is now well into her recovery which includes a 12-week rest from running which she is extending to 16 weeks. Lanni explains, “I don’t want to run unless I’m doing it right. With Under Armour supporting me with each step, it makes my decision easier to focus on my recovery.”

With Tokyo 2020 as her goal, Lanni is entering unchartered territory where she doesn’t know what the future will bring – but she’s the most motivated she’s ever been and ready to prove her will, try new training techniques, and conquer her goals.