Body Health Blog
Spring is fast approaching and it’s time to get off the treadmill and start running on actual roads and trails. Whether your goal is weight loss or training for a marathon, the impact of running and poor running mechanics can lead to many different types of injuries. For a sport that simply entails putting one foot in front of the other, running potentially exposes the participant to a wide variety of injuries. During a mile of running the feet strike the ground, on average, 800‑1200 times with a force of two to three times body weight. The repetitive nature of this type of stress can be the starting point for a number of overuse injuries. Any biomechanical idiosyncrasies such as flat feet, knock knees or pelvis imbalances only compound the chances of injury occurring.
The most common sports injuries concern the areas of the foot, the lower leg and the knee. Surveying a number of sport medicine doctors and therapists, the top five conditions that they encounter most often related to running are Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome, Shin Splints and Achilles Tendonosis.
Fortunately, the good news is that the majority of running injuries are not serious, and most are preventable.
Running injuries happen for a reason. It is important to be able to identify the underlying cause of the injury. The combination of the athlete’s biomechanics, training schedule and environment are all factors that can affect the incidence and the severity of the injury.
Watch a the video below with Dr. Armitage regarding the three main risks involved in running injuries and how you can ensure a safe running program..
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