Thursday, July 23, 2009
Preventing Running Injuries
As the nice weather breaks, runners will want to hit the streets.
Here are some tips for avoiding overuse injuries:
1. Get in the frame of mind where you want to improve your physical limitations without exceeding them.
2. Observe proper running form (more on this, hopefully, in a future post).
3. Get the right shoes with the right amount of cushioning and support.
4. Avoid running on tough surfaces. Concrete is tough and so are cambered (slanted) roads. Dirt paths are softest, but watch out for rocks and other little devils.
5. Slow down. This is not as easy as you may think, especially if you are running with music. The faster you run the harder and more frequently you hit the ground.
6. Increase gradually. Try not to up your miles more than 10% per week. Also, try not to increase your intensity to much from one week to the next.
Reference: Overuse Injury Is Preventable