Running. A much-loved activity for many of you. As summer slips away, the running season approaches. Hair is clipped back, lightweight fabrics are purchased and sock pairs are once again brought back together. Unfortunately, along with the increasing mileage for some of you comes the increase in injuries. There are a number of common running injuries. For those who love running, injuries can be frustrating – what may start as a niggle can quickly turn into an injury if not addressed early on.
The damage that can be caused by these annoying injuries, if not treated, may continue to cause problems and severely affect or even end your running career. All of this, we hear you say, is not good news.
Common running injuries include:
- Ilio-Tibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS)
- Patellofemoral Joint Dysfunction / Anterior Knee Pain
- Shin Splints
- Achilles Tendinosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress Fractures
There is, however, a bright side. Most of these injuries are preventable, and if you are already suffering from an injury then most of them are also treatable. What you may have picked up on already is that early treatment for an injury is of upmost importance. While rest is often a major part of treatment, it is not always the best solution.
Appropriate rehabilitation is hugely beneficial and will enable runners to get back to it much more quickly. The reason why these injuries occur varies from person to person. It can be due to your biomechanics, it can be caused by certain muscles being too tight, or other muscles not being strong enough to stabilise your body – the list goes on.
The need to work out why these problems may, or have already, occurred is where your Bend + Mend Running Assessment comes in. A comprehensive investigation will be carried out, including: a review of your current problem; assessment of your biomechanics, flexibility and strength related back to your running; and your goals for the season. This, combined with the right advice/treatment/rehabilitation for you, will have you running to your full potential as quickly as possible!