Runners Injuries

Runners Injuries

Running is pure therapy for the soul. Running gives an almost indescribable feeling of accomplishment and provides a powerful relief which helps to clear mind and reduces stress. Though running has been proven to regulate blood sugar levels, reduce obesity and improve cardiovascular performance, it is not a risk-free activity

Runners sweat and train each day, some with an enthusiasm to achieve more while others with a fight going on every moment between their brains and hearts.

Training is important for running because with it comes a need of-

  • Greater balance
  • Greater joint range of movement i.e. flexibility
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Good running posture; which improve their mileage and performance on field

Being a high impact activity, running is accompanied by various injuries & pain. These injuries can be very painful and can force you to the sidelines for months.

Just like any other illness, the earlier you respond to the pain or soreness in the body, the better your chances of preventing the injury or aggravating it.  Some common problems which runners face are-

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Runner’s knee
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fracture

Best treatment involves the use of crutches and physical therapy.

To avoid any injury runners must maintain appropriate posture which includes:

  • Correct foot strike pattern
  • Limited vertical movement
  • Proper knee bending during landing for shock absorption
  • Appropriate hip extension
  • Controlled pelvic movements
  • Adequate trunk bending

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