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The Runners Gauntlet – shin splints, runners knee, ITB, planter fasciitis to name a few….
Its cheap, easy and cheerful – RUNNING – apparently quite addictive once you get into it and easily mobile – come rain, hail or shine you can get out and about wherever you are and get active – and if the outside world is against you due to inclement weather there is always the treadmill.
We don’t give a thought at this stage to running injuries that may occur.
But at what cost? Most of us would think twice about getting into a new gym program or starting a new exercise regime – we’d book a session with the gym, get oreinteted and learn safe use of the equipment before we start. Likewise getting into a training program with a personal trainer – we’d get an assessment and learn the best way to go about exercises.
Running? How about we download an app and then just head out – maybe we’d look at our running shoes but most of us would just “start”. Come a couple of weeks later when we get knee, ankle , shin or back pain – we might have a re-think.
Why do we not look at this – the easiest form of exercise there is to “just start” with the same risk?
SAFE RUNNING INVOLVES:
Being prepared –
- not done any exercise recently – get a doctors clearance
- listen to your body – start slow and build up
- get any niggles seen to – they ay develop into full blown injuries
- invest in good shoes and equipment – liken your body to a car – you need to have had a good tune up for it to run smoothly – think of your legs as the “wheels” poor alignment and you are doomed to injury…
Remember – running can pace up to 7 ties your body weight in stress through your joints
COMMON INJURIES include
This is pain that occurs down the inner and or outer shin area of the lower legs – its may start as a slight pull or ache on running, but if left untreated or managed can develop into a stress fracture of the tibia.
pain along the outside if the knee joint – sometimes associated with a click – painful on running and eventually even on walking. Usually associated with tight lateral structures of the knee.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – a pre cursor to Runner’s knee – a tight ITB can mead to mal tracking of the knee cap, anterior knee pain, lateral knee pain and lower leg torsion issues – basically put – it causes strain on the leg and knee resulting in pain and ultimately in runners knee.
Pain under the foot – mainly associated with heel pain (or heel spurs) and pain under the inside arch – its typically worse first thing in the morning and feels better once we warm up.
ALL of these issues are what are deemed – BIOMECHANICAL – that means its the way we hold our bodies or posture that cause the problem – again that wheel analogy:
If you have a car wheel that is unbalanced – it places stress and strain on the surrounding structures – one side of the wheel starts to get worn down and “niggle”. we may have slight discomfort that doesn’t cause us major issues until one day – the tyre bursts or we develop an “injury” that prevents us from training.
A SERVICE to our body or BIOMECHANICAL check could be what is required – this will outline what structures are under stress or at risk of injury so we can prevent rather than deal with them when they become problematic.
Also – have you had recurring injuries – knee pain, shin splints etc – if you just get the symptoms sorted out and go back to running or training without getting “re-aligned” then you will get recurring problems as the key source has not been dealt with.
- get a full biomechanical assessment to check your alignment and identify areas of risk
- invest in good supportive shock absorbancy based shoes
- get the right equipment for the job
- beware of putting in your orthotics – especially if they haven’t been checked for years!
- build up gradually
- LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
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