Do you want to get the most out of your training in 2022?
Avoiding injury is the key.
A lot of runners come to my physical therapy practice frustrated by injuries that stop their training for months on end.
What they don’t realize is that most serious injuries are preventable. If you address injury properly, you will be back to running in no time!
Watch this video to learn more:
What to Expect at the Start of Training
When you begin training, it’s important to understand that you will likely experience a setback at some point. The good news is that most running injuries are slow and subtle.
What does that mean?
You will have time to get ready for them.
First Signs of Injury
An injury will generally start off with a little ache or some soreness. But here’s the trap. You can still run on it.
That’s where a lot of runners get in trouble. They will think an injury isn’t that bad and continue to run.
The injury will get gradually worse until you have a serious problem, which could halt your training for months.
When to Stop Running
If your knee is a little sore temporarily after a run, that’s not a problem.
It’s time to take the injury seriously when symptoms start bleeding into your daily activities.
If the injury is aching long after your run or if doing stairs is painful, those are red flags.
Ignoring symptoms will only make the injury worse, resulting in delayed recovery times and long-term damage.
Most injuries heal very quickly if you address the issue early. Only a few days off running with some strength training can be enough to fully recover.
Recognize injury early. With just a short time of rest, you can often avoid a major disruption in your training.
If you want to minimize injuries, focus on building your strength reserves now. Having strong glute and core muscles will keep you running injury-free all year!
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