Running season is here. Many of you have already started pounding the pavement, anxious to finally get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.
But before your enthusiasm for the sport boils over, you should take a second to consider your body so you can avoid these five common injuries that overzealous runners tend to suffer. Many of the pitfalls that lead to these ailments are completely avoidable — if you take a few moments to care for your body before and after your runs.
Proper preparation for running can help prevent many of these injuries. Preparation includes ensuring your shoewear provides adequate support, making sure to properly stretch, warm up and cool down, and maintaining an adequate cross training/strength training routine. This cross training routine should include thorough hip and core strengthening to reduce the possibility of improper runner mechanics.
If you have any questions about a strength training routine or proper running mechanics, visit Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness in Naperville and sign up for a Video Gait Analysis, or work with one of our running experts.
Additionally, a well-balanced diet can not only ensure that your body is fueled properly, but will also provide your body with the necessary building blocks to repair any damaged tissues. When you sign up for a Nutrition Orientation at EEHF Naperville, you can get answers to your questions about maintaining a well-balanced diet.
If you think you are suffering from any of the above conditions and self-care doesn’t seem to be working, contact your primary care or sports medicine physician before continuing to run, as running could worsen the injury.
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