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Avoiding Running Injuries
Running can provide great benefits to your overall health, but can also be very dangerous if not done correctly. In fact, it is estimated that half of all runners experience some sort of injury each year. While some of these injuries are mild and often heal quickly, others can be more serious and leave you incapacitated for a long period of time. Fortunately, there are some strategies you can use to greatly reduce your risk of injury while going for a run.
The first step, which is often overlooked, is proper hydration. Running while dehydrated can be incredibly dangerous, partially because it can lead to weakness, dizziness, or fainting. Hydration is also crucial for your muscles and nerves to behave properly on a run, impacting your performance. Finally, dehydration increases your recovery time, which can impact tomorrow’s run, as well. Make sure you hydrate before, during, and after your run.
Proper footwear and clothing are necessary to get the full potential of health benefits that running has to offer. Each year many injuries are caused by improper footwear. Make sure that you consult with an expert to ensure that your footwear is right for you. It is also important to remember to replace shoes when they are worn out in order to prevent injury and ensure that you get the best grip on the road. If clothing is too constricting, it can hinder your ability to run, and it can also cause you to sweat more than necessary. This can accelerate dehydration, and can be very dangerous.
Proper planning and technique are also necessary to ensure that you have the safest running experience possible. A carefully planned route is essential for avoiding busy roads and intersections, as well as other hazards. Using correct form, including foot and arm placement, as well as proper stretching before, enables you to run to your full potential while avoiding injury. A qualified physical therapist can assess your form and teach you techniques to avoid injury and improve performance.
If you are unsure about proper technique, gear, hydration, or nutrition, give us a call today. Our expert therapists can advise you on all of these matters, and treat existing conditions related to running to ensure that you get the healthiest and safest running experience possible.