Adequate musculoskeletal strength is of equal importance in the prophylaxis of running injuries. Strong ligaments, tendons and muscles improve running technique and lead to a consistent gait pattern. "How your knee turns in, your hip drops and your foot pronates changes with each step. But with strength, these movements are the same each time, so your mind and body know what to expect", says Reed Ferber, Ph.D., director of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary.
If one muscle is weakened in the kinetic chain then other muscles become over-worked resulting in compensatory injuries. Combining running with strengthening exercises such as Double leg Squats, Lunges, Heel Raises, Clams, Swiss Ball Shoulder Bridges, Hip Extensions and Lateral Jumps plays a very important role in injury prevention. It is important that you have the correct technique when doing any of the above exercises so if you are unsure about technique ensure you speak with a gym instructor or personal trainer, or alternatively, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you.