Running injuries

Authored by Laura Cruz.

With the HBF Run for a Reason ( coming up on the Sunday 27th May 2018, it is important to ensure everyone is keeping their injuries at bay. Although running injuries can occur due to lack of muscle strength/flexibility or reduced joint range of movement, unfortunately, most running injuries we see in the clinic are as a result of training errors.

What are training errors?

This can vary hugely between people, but generally speaking, it occurs with rapid spikes in training loads and not allowing your body to keep up with these. Examples include:

  • A sudden increase in training frequency
  • Introducing hills in training
  • A rapid increase in distance, speed and duration
  • Insufficient rest periods between training sessions

What can I do to reduce the risk of injury?

  • Allow your body to have rest days between training sessions
  • Pace your training to avoid sudden spikes
  • Cross-train in between runs. Jump on a bike or go for a swim!
  • Ensure you are sleeping well, staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet
  • Footwear is very important. Make sure you have good trainers and consider buying a second pair if you are training several times a week
  • Stretching or foam rolling is key in training to help your muscles recover

Good luck to everyone who is participating in the event!

Please contact us on 9301 4711 if you would like to book an appointment or find out more information.

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