Running

How to prevent a running injury

Running is easy… isn't it?

Running is one of the most accessible forms of exercise and is one of the most popular in the UK.

A staggering 11 million people recorded runs using a popular running app in 2015, with over 39,000 of these runners completing a marathon.

Unfortunately, an increasing amount of runners also means an increasing amount of running injuries. Whether you’re a beginner or training for a marathon it’s important to follow these simple steps to prevent an injury:

Stretching

Take 10 minutes before and after a run to stretch. Running causes muscle tightness which can in turn lead to injury.

Strength

Developing all round fitness is likely to help your running performance as well as help to prevent injury.

Foam rolling

You may not of heard of foam rolling but it is gaining popularity as a tool for people involved in all types of sport. It is another method of aiding your recovery from sport and helping to treat and prevent injury.

Running technique

It’s extremely useful to have an assessment of your running technique if you have never been coached or taught how to run. The assessment can be used to determine if your running technique is playing a role in injuries or if your performance is limited.

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