Marathons, running and preventing your niggles from turning into injuries
Running, its easy, you just put one foot in front of the other and it’ll be fine because we are all built for it, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple, a staggering 90% of all runners get injured at some point in a year. The nature of running produces a very repetitive movement and most injuries are due to over use or overstraining. For me it’s the outside of my knee, it doesn’t actually hurt, it’s just annoying.
So when it comes to doing something like a marathon it’s even more important that areas of dominance and strain are addressed early because being even further than most runs it is even more repetitive. Depending on your posture and other health history you are likely to feel the niggles in different places. So being the most efficient when running will help to reduce the chance of getting niggles. I’ve been told that my knee hurts because my Iliotibial Band (ITB) is tightening too much to support its ‘instability’ when I run.
As we have all experienced some common running injuries are Shin splints, ITB Syndrome, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. These might come on as an ache in your shin while running, an ache around the outside of your knee after running or a strange tightness along the sole of your foot when you wake up in the morning.
Preventing and treating it from getting to that stage is where we come in. At Halos clinic we have our superstar (we think) sports therapist Aileen Ross. Whilst missing a run, doing some extra stretching and icing the sore bits can help, Aileen diagnoses, treats and rehabs your niggles so you can actually compete in that marathon!
Runners world guide to injury prevention, Dagny Scott Barrios, 2014, Rodale Inc, USA