Nobody likes to be injured. Furthermore, when running has become a part of your lifestyle, it’s not just the injury itself that upsets your life, but the fact that you cannot continue running. The good news is that the majority of running injuries can be prevented. Taking a minute to find out what running injuries are all about and how to prevent them is therefore an excellent investment.
Why Should I Care?
Some experts estimate that about 80% of all runners experience a running injury of some sort at least once in their lives. Some of these are not serious and heal fast while other develop into chronic problems.
The key is to do what you can to prevent injuries in the first place. If that doesn’t succeed, you react as soon as you are aware of a problem.
Don’t wait, because it’s much easier to fix the problem while it is still trivial. Fix it before it becomes a serious and chronic problem even if that means you have to stay away from running for a while and even pay a few bucks for treatment. I know it’s tempting to keep the same schedule as usual and hope it will heal anyway. And hey, it just might (if you´re lucky), but chances are that it will keep getting worse. So by intervening immediately, you are saving a lot of time, money and frustration in the long run.
Who is in Danger of Having a Running Injury?
While no runner is immune to injuries, there are three groups that should be particularly alert and ideally seek advice concerning their training schedule.
- Those who have never previously exercised in any form on a regular basis
- Those who used to be active in sports but haven´t exercised regularly in years
- Those who are transitioning from other sports to running.
- Overweight beginners have to be extra careful since running puts a lot of stress on joints
2. Competitive Runners
It´s a fine line between training to reach your potentials as a runner and to over train and end up injured. Elite runners usually have a team of coaches and health professionals that help them walk that line. Competitive recreational runners, however, seldom have clear guidelines custom made for their needs. When training for a certain race, they could therefore potentially be in danger of training in a way that ends in injury.
Know Why Running Injuries Happen
Keep in mind that every kind of runner can experience injuries. If you know why they occur, however, you can maximise your chances of avoiding them.