Common overuse injuries – ‘weekend warriors’

Is a ‘fun run’ any fun?

Pain and overuse injuries following the City to Surf Fun Run raises the inevitable question – is it worth it?

Is the foot/back/calf/knee pain that comes from training really any fun?

The answer is obviously no, but the health benefits of training far outweigh the negatives.

Regular exercise benefits most of today’s major health problems – from diabetes and heart health to depression and back pain. It’s a key element in the prevention and management of so many conditions.

Fun runs provide a goal and motivation to train and achieve these benefits from exercise.

But what about the pain?

The more common problems include calf pain, plantar fasciitis/heel pain and sore knees.

These problems don’t have to stop anyone from training.

Following some sensible and simple ideas can greatly assist the ‘weekend warriors’.

Recommendations to help keep people on track

Most conditions will improve with specific treatment and changes in routine, without resorting to cessation of training.

On occasions, more active treatment from the physiotherapist and/or podiatrist is a good idea.

This may include a stretching and strengthening program, or specific taping to support the injured/painful areas while they recover.

While rest can often settle the pain, relief may be temporary, so controlled training plays a vital part in the management of injuries.

Common misdemeanours

Doctors and physiotherapists agree there is no doubt that keeping individuals exercising is important.

Addressing injury concerns and preventing them can help make every day a ‘fun run’.