As we head into the spring and summer seasons lots of us will be completing 5K, 10K, half Marathon or even full Marathon runs. As every runner will know, the biggest fear whilst training is developing an injury which side-lines you from the running track for any period of time. Here at Neasa Long Partnership Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic we would like to offer some tips on both injury prevention and management.
Over the last few years following the release of Christopher McDougall’s book “Born to Run”, much blame has been placed on the role of the running shoes in injuries. However the truth is that running injuries in the absence of falls, sprains or trips are multifaceted. Common mistakes which lead to injury include big increases in mileage, running the same route on the same side of the road week after week, poor warm ups and cool downs, lack of stretching and poor hydration to name a few. The following tips are designed to offer advice on how to best prepare for runs by warming up well, stretching and incorporating a balanced exercise approach by including strengthening exercises and flexibility training.
As some of our team here at Neasa Long Partnership Physiotherapy Clinic are also training for upcoming races, we understand the importance of managing symptoms early and returning to training as quickly and safely as possible. If you suspect that you may have an injury or are unsure about foot biomechanics, stretching techniques or any running related issue, please feel free to contact us for a consultation or to arrange an appointment and we will be happy to advise you as to the best course of action to manage your specific needs.