Most running injuries come from doing too much, too soon, after doing too little for too long.
This is the first article by Stephen from The Fit Physios in our Physio Corner series. Stay tuned for more great articles.
A common error people make when beginning their running journey is attempting to ramp up their training volume (distance covered) too soon, and develop overuse injuries which can be tricky to get rid of. No doubt, many of you might be currently training for the Dublin Marathon, and are finding you now have niggles that were not there before you increased your distance. The most common running injuries involve the knee and calf/achilles tendon complex. A gradual introduction to running can help reduce the risk of a running related injury.
More advanced runners can find it challenging to balance pushing to improve performance and not pushing so hard that they develop a running related injury.
In future blogs, I will cover how I use the RISK Framework to manage running injuries, which includes load (volume and speed) management advice, exercise rehabilitation, how to shift load away from symptomatic areas (if necessary) and how to keep adapting to the ever-changing goal and capacity of you, the runner! I will cover risk factors that can contribute to an increased risk of injury such as a higher BMI (Body Mass Index) and previous injuries.
Keep an eye on our upcoming blog for tips and tricks on kick starting your injury free running journey.
If you’re training for a marathon, and currently have an injury or are worried about an injury, why not book a consultation with THE FIT PHYSIOS.