How to avoid running injuries

How to avoid running injuries

With gyms closed, our usual sports and exercise classes paused, and outdoor exercise equipment currently off-limits, many of us are looking to running to maintain our fitness.

Running is great for so many reasons. Exercise can be a fantastic stress release, and at the moment, running can offer us valuable mental as well as physical health benefits.

While running is one of the simplest and most accessible forms of exercise, it can also leave us prone to injury, particularly overuse injuries, if we jump in too quickly.

Whether you are new to running, or currently increasing your training, please avoid the temptation to achieve ALL your running goals over the next few months!

What are some tips to avoid injury?

  • If you are starting out, do not run every day! A walk-run program, such as “Couch to 5K” can provide a gentle introduction for your body and minimise your chance of injury. Your physio can also devise a specific training program for you to follow, particularly if you’ve had previous injuries
  • Wear appropriate running shoes. Ensure you wear-in new shoes slowly and be mindful when changing shoes, even if you’re a seasoned runner. Ask us if you’re unsure!
  • Strength train. It’s important to stay strong to protect our joints and decrease the risk of overuse injuries. Working on specific muscle groups for running is the key, and your physio can help design a program for injury prevention, as well as rehabilitating previous or existing injuries. Even though we can’t go to the gym, there are plenty of exercises that don’t require any equipment, or can be done with a simple dumbbell or exercise band

If you would like assistance with a home-based exercise or running program, or have noticed a new niggle or two, the team at Glen Eira Physiotherapy are here to help.

We are still open for in-clinic appointments, as well as offering telehealth (video consultations) if you are staying home. As always, we will place an emphasis on ensuring you have an understanding of your injury and an effective management plan.

If you would like to speak to one of our team members or make an appointment, please call us on (03) 9571 2111 or book online now.

Chelsea Smith (April, 2020)