How to: prevent running injuries
With studies showing that approximately one third of runners get hurt each year, it’s important that runners and aspiring runners take the proper steps to avoid injuries before hitting the pavement.
The most important step to take to prevent getting hurt is simple: preparation. Although it may be tempting to simply run out the door, it’s important to get ready so that you know what you’re doing first. Find your problem areas (bad posture? No foot control? Over striding?) and fix them. Over striding is one of the most major ways that people injure themselves while running, and many trainers say taking more steps and landing in your center of gravity can correct this issue.
Another important way to prevent injury is to simply use common sense and to stay in tune with your body. Stop if you feel overstrained. Train before running long distances. Some people also benefit greatly from finding what kind of exercises compliment their run and help prevent injury, such as yoga. If you are a beginner to running, the best thing you can do is to find an effective program such as a run/walk combo. Talk to a trainer and do your research to find the best running program for you.
In the end, running is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise, as long as it’s done correctly. Staying in tune with yourself and respecting your body’s limits will prevent injuries and keep you running better and longer!