If you’re a runner we have 6 tips on running injuries and how to overcome them. We also have information you can download for exercises, rehabilitation and treating 6 the most common running injuries.
So here are your 6 Tips
1. Get your Biomechanics checked
So a biomechanics or gait analysis can be an important way to both prevent and treat injuries. Things like flat feet or leg length discrepancies are common causes of running injuries. It may be the case you need particular strengthen or stretching exercises. If you would like to get your gait checked, contact your therapist for advice.
2. Make sure your running shoes are the right fit for you
Again a gait or biomechanical analysis can be useful. It maybe your biomechanics rather than your shoes that is causing the injury. Always ‘wear in’ your running shoes before you do any eventing. If you want running shoes that’s right for you ask your therapist for advice or visit a specialist running store.
3. Regularly mix up the surfaces you run on to include softer surfaces
By changing the surfaces you run on will help strengthen your stabilising muscles in your ankles, feet and your glutes. By strengthening these muscles it can help prevent injury. This is why it’s important to regularly mix up the surfaces you run on to include softer surfaces like grass and dirt roads.
4. Cross train with cycling, water running and swimming
Try and add in cycling, water running or swimming as part of your training programme. This can reduce the load on your joints, work muscles that don’t get worked on when running and it keeps up with your aerobic fitness.
5. Make sure any old injuries are fully rehabilitated
If you have old injuries that aren’t fully rehabilitated it can affect biomechanics and gait patterns. This can put stress on other areas of the lower limb. When we have an injury, we can start to ‘protect’ the area from any further damage and this will cause issues elsewhere in the body. At the first sign of injury it’s always a good idea to see your therapist who can treat your injury and advise on getting back to running safely.
6. Regular Massage
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during activity. Regular Sports massage this can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement. To find out more about Sports Massage click here
Want to know more?
To discover the Secrets to Preventing and Rehabilitating the 6 Most Common Running Injuries you can download our free guide here.
If you’re a runner – this is a treasure trove of high-value information.
The kit features exercise programmes on rehabilitating and treating the 6 most common running injuries and how to overcome them.
Treatment and Rehabilitation Programmes for:
- Patellofemoral Pain (Runner’s Knee)
- Hamstring Strains
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Shin Splints)
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy