Running Injuries - What You Need To Know

Injuries are a common but often avoidable side effect of running. Some of the most common injuries seen include runner’s knee, shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles’ tendonitis. These injuries can have multiple causes such as overuse, poor running form, and muscle tightness or weakness.

When muscles become tight or weak, imbalances can occur. This can lead to the body compensating to try to make up for the tight or weak muscle. For example, if the hips are weak then the knee or ankle often must work harder to make up for the weakness, which can lead to injury. Many of these running injuries can be prevented through proper warmups before running and cooling down afterwards. Incorporating stretching into the daily routine can also help prevent running injuries. Physical therapy can also help to treat and prevent these problems from occurring.

Running puts significant pressure on the joints and muscles of the body, so it is important to have the knowledge and tools to be able to prevent and treat these injuries. These injuries, as well as how to prevent and treat them will be covered in more detail at our Runner’s Injury seminar on May 31st at 7:00 p.m., located at TherapyWorks (1311 Wakarusa Dr).

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