Saturday, January 16, 2010

Guest Post on Running Injuries

So I am starting a new job on Tuesday and have been really busy getting myself and my home ready for my to return to work. I will obviously share more with you once I get going, but I thought I would share with you a guest post on running injuries. I obviously have recently had a bout with an injury and this is just an article that dips into some of the causes.

This article is written by Shannon Wills, who writes on the topic of Physical Therapy Assistant Schools. She welcomes your comments at her email id :

5 Causes for Running Injuries

It’s one of the best cardiovascular exercises there is, and if you love running, there’s nothing like it to get your adrenaline flowing and your energy level high. Running helps you lose weight and keep it off because of its intensive nature, and brings you a host of other health benefits as well. But on the downside, if you’re not careful, you could sustain serious injuries in your lower limbs and joints when you run. There are various ways injuries can happen when you run, but five of the main causes are:
• Surface: The surface you choose to run on decides how healthy and strong your knees remain over a period of time. In general, the best surface is one that absorbs the impact of your pounding feet instead of reflecting it back to your knees. Most people prefer to avoid concrete, tar and cement surfaces and choose dirt tracks or synthetic tracks to run on. Besides, if you’re used to one surface and suddenly switch to one that’s harder, your knees are going to be affected adversely.
• Shoes: Wear shoes that are designed for running; most people usually wear shoes that they already have or that they’ve bought because they look good or are trendy. Every sport has special shoes, so choose one that fits your budget and is designed for jogging or running. Such shoes are usually cushioned to prevent wear and tear on your knees. Also, when you buy shoes, make sure that they’re neither too tight nor too loose because you don’t want them pinching your toes or causing a sprain when you run.
• Stretching: The majority of injuries take place because people fail to warm up adequately before running and cool down after they’re done. Before you start running, it’s important to stretch your cold muscles and warm them up so that they don’t tear when you suddenly start to sprint across the park. And once your workout is completed, you must cool down correctly to prevent stressing out your muscles.
• Surfeit: When people push themselves too hard and too fast, they’re bound to suffer an injury. In general, it’s best to take it slow and let your body rather than your mind dictate terms. If you’re new to the sport, start out slowly and gradually increase your speed and distance as you go along. When you push your body beyond what it is physically capable of, it results in an injury. So listen to your body and run accordingly.
• Stress: And finally, when you run regularly for a long period of time, your body is subject to wear and tear because of the constant stress that it is subject to. Your lower limbs bear your whole body weight when you run, so over a period of time, your bones may be subject to additional strain if you don’t listen to your body and slow down with age and your physical limitations.
It’s not just enough that you run; what’s important is running away from injury by listening to your body and exercising wisely.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Great advice, thanks for posting this.

Also, am so happy still about your Disney race report. It's so encouraging to see how hard work and dedication can indeed get us through and injury, the runners greatest fear, right. Yay again on such a great finish.