Taking up a new physical activity has its own rewards and risks, and this holds true for running as well. While running brings with it a host of benefits such as better cardiovascular health, healthy weight maintenance, strong bones, and improved mood, a small percentage of runners sustain injuries related to running.
According to Runners’ World, a combination of factors such as the individual runner’s anatomy and running form may contribute to injury. Aside from acute injuries such as sprains, strains, and muscle tears, many running injuries are classed as chronic or “overuse injuries” where repetitive trauma causes inflammation and damage to muscles or joints, usually at the hip, knee, or foot. With the human body absorbing impact forces of as much as three times its own body weight while running, weak links in the chain of movement will break down when they’re not designed to move that way, or are not strong enough to move that way.
Injury prevention is possible when you lay the proper groundwork for your running.
While we can’t change how your individual body is built, running form can be improved. In my previous article I mentioned how strengthening and improving the mobility of certain muscles helps you keep proper running posture. You can also do exercises to improve your body’s capacity to handle the wear and tear so you can keep on running. (more…)