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The Mystery of Running Injuries

Summer is almost here and people have already resumed running as their regular workout. It is not uncommon for people to end up injuring themselves from running. This is especially true for those new to the activity.

Running is a high-impact, repetitive activity. The stress to the joints is great because the entire body's weight plus momentum from running is on one single leg at a time. It is more than double that of walking. It is like walking, however, in that the repetitive nature places stress on the same joints again and again over time.

Ready for Summer: Running

Summer is here. After being dormant for the long winter, many people are dying to be outside and have some fun. It is important to prepare your body to be active again.

The most common sports activity people will resume is running. It is convenient and cheap. You can run at any time, anywhere, and it does not require a partner.  And it does not require any equipment. Well, it is not exactly true. It does require a good pair of shoes to reduce your chance of injury.

Running is a high impact activity. The reaction force from the ground can be traumatic to the feet. Therefore, in general, running on grass/dirt is better than concrete. Furthermore, shoes with a good shock absorption or cushioned heel will greatly reduce the reaction force. Your heel is the bone designed to bear weight first before it transfers it to the toes. It is bigger and stronger. For distant runners, it is important to land on your heels first and not your forefoot.

Foam Rolling Your TFL

As the Illinois Marathon races approach, we thought there may be a few out there who are experiencing some muscle tension toward the end of training.

Our own therapist, Matthew Gordon, PT, DPT, has some advice for streching your TFL (tensor fascia latae). If you have front of the hip, IT band, or lateral knee pain, then watch this video.

And if you're a runner and don't yet have a foam roller, what are you waiting for? Get one and your body will thank you for it! (Available for purchase at Member Services.)

How to Treat & Beat Shin Splints

After training for, or running in, one of the many races during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend you may begin to experience common pain associated with running called shin splints. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), present themselves as pain along the tibia (the large bone in front of the lower leg). This pain can feel either dull or sharp. It is caused by improper running mechanics, repetitive pounding, or increase in exercise intensity/duration without proper progression.

Running is a repetitive, high impact movement. With as much repetition that occurs through training and racing, you may start to experience trauma or a “wearing down” of certain muscles or joints. Muscles, tendons and bone tissue may become overworked and inflammation and pain will occur.

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