How are running injuries treated?
Each running injury is unique, and each runner has different reasons why they sustained the injury. In general, there are several key aspects that need to be addressed when assessing and treating an injury. These include:
• Biomechanics: Assessing the runner’s technique is important to understand if there are any factors that are placing excessive stress on the injured body part. Common examples of this are over-striding, dropping the pelvis to one side, crossing one leg in front of the other and overpronating through the feet. To address these, there are certain technique “cues” to use while running, together with frequent video analysis to assess if it is improving. Visit our running assessments page to find out more.
• Weakness in important muscle groups: Often associated with poor biomechanics, weakness of certain muscles can lead to excessive strain on the injured tissue. Key muscle groups for runners include the gluteals, the quadriceps and the calf muscles. Often if these muscles have been weak for a long time, even after you strengthen them you must specifically address your running technique too, as the body would have adopted incorrect biomechanics.
• Programming error: Increasing your distance or intensity too soon can lead to running injuries, as the body does not have enough time to develop and adapt to the increase in stress. Careful planning of your training is important to allow your body to recover from an injury while still maintaining running speed and fitness.
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