How to Prevent Running Injuries – Part 2 11 Jan 2020
In part 1, I explained the importance of listening to your body when running. I know want to build on this and focus on specific actions you can take.
The natural stress-recovery cycle of running can cause the muscle fibers to knot up and stick together, limiting their function and leaving you more susceptible to injury. Breaking down these adhesions increases the muscles mobility which allows it to properly contract and lengthen. Sports or Deep Tissue massage can break down any adhesions or you can use a foam roller.
When a strong body runs, the brain tells the muscles to brace for impact before the foot hits the ground. The glutes and core contract to steady the pelvis and leg, and the foot and ankle muscles are activated to provide a solid foundation to land upon. If there was one muscle group I would encourage you to target it is to strengthen your glutes. The one leg squat is ideal for this.
Please don't choose running shoes based on the brand. The best running shoes for you tend to be the ones that fit your feet the best and are most suitable for the terrain on which you run. For example, people with flat feet are best with motion control shoes while people like me with rigid, high arches need extra cushioning. Remember a pair of running shoes should be worn for no longer than approximately 400 miles.