Running injuries can be very complex especially as mileage increases due to the repetitive nature of running. Most runners feel that pain is a normal part of running , which leads them to run through their pain. Several l factors have been identified to help understand the root cause of running injuries and how to best treat and prevent reoccurrence.
The Reality: At least 65-75% of all runners are sidelined by an injury at some point in time.
Overuse injuries are more common than traumatic. Many factors include:
- Increase in mileage, too much, too fast
- Excessive, prolonged or inadequate pronation
- Poor form/cadence
- Previous injury
- Competitive training motive
- Running experience
- Poor dynamic limb alignment
Evidence Based Risk Factors
- No prior experience = 2.5-3x more likely to be injured
- Novice runners more likely to quit following an injury
- Increasing mileage or intensity to rapidly, >10% per week
- Exceeding 10 miles/week, 3x more likely
- Incomplete recovery or pre-existing issue
- Poor single limb alignment and strength
- Running forces are 3x greater than walking (Therefore biomechanical alignment factors take on 3 times as much significance)
Running Assessments will consist of the following components:
- Thorough review of your medical and running history including past injuries, surgeries and
- Musculoskeletal Assessment: This will include a static and dynamic postural assessment. Core
strength as well as strength and flexibility of upper and lower extremity will help determine areas of breakdown.
- Biomechanical Video Analysis: This allows for the review of your biomechanical positions during running gait cycle from multiple viewpoints.
- Customized Strengthening and Flexibility Program: Your program will include a customized
strength and stretching program specific to your body based on your running exam.
- You will be instructed on proper post-race stretching and treatment to enhance recovery