4 Most Common Running Injury

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Running can be really fun, but whether you are running for pleasure or training for a race, you are likely to have pains and twinges along the way. In fact, statistics show that nearly 80 percent of runners develop running injury each year.

 As a runner, you can develop a running injury when you push yourself too hard. Again, as you engage in repeated movements, it can take a toll on your body and trigger some injuries. Sometimes, sudden changes in training volume, whether as a vet or a newbie can make you develop running injury.

Here are the 4 most common running injury that can affect you as a runner:

1. Runner’s knee

This is more commonly referred to as Patellofemoral pain syndrome and it’s a dull, achy pain that you feel underneath your kneecap while running. According to a study conducted at the University of Calgary, the runner’s knee accounts for 57% of all knee problems in Canadian runners.

You can also feel this pain while walking down stairs or when moving from a sitting position to a standing position. This pain often occurs when your kneecap is out of alignment and it often leads to wearing out of the cartilages around your knee cap.

You can treat this running injury by using a knee brace or tapping your knee, cutting back on mileage, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

2. Pulled muscles

Pulled muscles or muscle pull is one of the most common runners’ injuries. It is a small tear in muscles such as hamstrings, quadriceps, calf or groin and it is often caused when you overstretch these muscles while running.

You will often feel a popping sensation when you have a pulled muscle and you can treat it by taking a rest and using ice, compression, and elevation.

You will often feel a popping sensation when you have a pulled muscle and you can treat it by taking a rest and using ice, compression, and elevation.

3. Achilles tendinitis

The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your heels to your lower-leg muscles. When this tendon comes under too much stress while you run, it causes Achilles tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendons. This is a common running injury and it causes pains and stiffness in the area of the tendon, especially with activity or early in the morning. You can treat it by resting, using ice on the area or taking some calf stretches.

4. Shin splints

If you run often and you’ve never experienced any aching, stabbing sensation in the front or inside of your lower leg along the shin bone (tibia), then you must be a super-human. The Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, make up 15% of all running injuries. It often happens when you change your workout, such as increasing the number of days you run or running longer distances too quickly.

This running injury can be very painful and it usually spreads out along the shinbone. If you have flat feet, you are more likely to develop this runner’s injury. However, you can stop the stabbing sensation by resting and using ice on the shins for 15-20 minutes.

You can also try using some shock-absorbing insoles that support the arch. But ensure your sneakers are the right fit for your foot. Also, avoid running on hills because it puts extra force on the shin’s tibialis muscle.

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