The beauty of running is everyone can do it. You just go outside or hop on a treadmill and boom, you start running. However, like any physical activity, running carries the risk of injuries. Whether you’re a seasoned marathon runner or a casual jogger, understanding the most common running injuries and how to prevent them is crucial for maintaining a healthy and injury-free running routine.
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, aka Runner’s Knee
The most common body part injured in runners is the knee characterized by pain around or behind the kneecap(patella.) As the knee sits between the foot and hip, it is subject to a great deal of load and stress. Contributing factors may include improper running form, muscle imbalances, or inadequate footwear.
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, aka Shin Splints
Shin splints refer to pain and inflammation in the lower leg, specifically along the shinbone (tibia). This injury commonly occurs due to repetitive stress on the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue in the lower leg, often from activities like running on hard surfaces, improper running form, or wearing improper footwear.
- Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It typically occurs due to overuse or repetitive stress on the tendon, often caused by sudden increases in training intensity, improper running technique, tight calf muscles, or inadequate footwear.
So, what can you do?
Form inefficiencies and muscle imbalances are the common themes across all the above injuries. Having your running mechanics analyzed with a thorough movement system check can help prevent injuries and make you a better and more efficient runner. It’s important to take care of your body and implement preventative measures so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of running while minimizing the risk of injuries.
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Happy and safe running!