Any athletic endeavour comes with the possibility of injury. Whether you’re a pro football player or working out on a treadmill in your basement, there is always a potential risk factor involved. But one of the most popular athletic pastimes probably has the most common injuries – avid runners are prone to a slew of ailments, some quite painful.
If you’re a runner, you’ve heard about – or experienced – these: shin splints, stress fractures, runner’s knee, spinal misalignment, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and the list goes on. Some are more serious than others, but most are due to use over a prolonged period of time. Repetition can cause a lot of wear. But there are ways to lessen chances of injury, and steps to take to prevent it
Warm up & Stretch – Tight muscles are part of running, but warming up and stretching those muscles will keep them loose and less prone to injury. Pay close attention to the hamstrings and calf muscles, and well as your hip flexors.
Take it easy – Always listen to your body, no matter what exercise you may be doing. If it’s difficult to go the speed or distance you’re running, slow down or shorten your time. One common mistake runners make is pushing themselves too far, too fast, and not adding short distances incrementally and safely.
Wear the right shoes – before buying the first pair of running shoes that look good to you, it’s a good idea to have your stride and foot shape professionally checked. That way you’ll find the right shoe for your specific needs. Be sure to try on many different shoes until you find the ones that are the most comfortable with the best fit.
Check your form – The right form can go a long way to preventing running injuries. While every individual may have their own unique way of running, there are certain aspects that should always be done the right way, such as running with a straight back, swinging arms for stability, and landing lightly on your feet.
Massage & Chiropractic – Another great way to keep the body in top condition and prevent injury is with the help of regular massage and chiropractic. With massage helping to keep the muscles loose, chiropractic can ensure that the entire body is properly aligned and functioning well.
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, these tips can help keep your body working at its best to help prevent painful injuries. At Bodylab, we often work with athletes and know what works best for their particular sport. To book your chiropractic, massage, or acupuncture appointment with Dr. Sarah, just give us a call at 905 228 3130 or even book easily online.