The 5 Most Dangerous Words…September 13, 2018
“Maybe it will go away?” These are the 5 most dangerous words for any runner. You feel an ache or pain somewhere in your body either before, during or after your run and you think to yourself….maybe it will go away. Being a runner and a health care provider, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had this thought many times myself. In some cases we get lucky and the pain does go away, but often times it doesn’t and we keep ignoring it until we fall victim to a running injury.
Injury prevention is a topic I am very passionate about both personally and professionally as a Chiropractor. I am a firm believer in not only treating running injuries but also empowering my patients with knowledge about their bodies to help manage current concerns and prevent future setbacks. As a runner, it is critical to understand what caused the injury in the first place and then figure out how to minimize your risk of it reoccurring.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors
Running injury prevention is a huge topic, so I find it easiest to explain by breaking it down into what I call intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic factors are elements within yourself such muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion, gait etc. Extrinsic factors include your training frequency, duration, equipment, load etc. Understanding the interplay of these factors is essential in keeping you running injury and pain-free.
Runners need to be strong and have adequate range of motion in key areas to be able to maintain efficient running biomechanics. Although running is a very common activity, the area that a runner develops pain in their body is unique to the individual. Common areas that I address in treating runners are tight and/or weak calf, thigh and buttock muscles, ankle mobility and of course core stability, not necessarily strength. It is important to know your body well and more importantly, know what areas may be weak and begging for some TLC.
Once you understand the intrinsic factors, you can begin to address any extrinsic factors that may be affecting your performance. This can range anywhere from your training frequency/duration to the shoes you wear when you run. You are probably starting to understand that there are many factors that can have a big influence on your risk of developing an injury. On your next run, analyze some of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may be influencing your performance. Through my own running experiences and years of treating runners of all levels (weekend warriors to elite athletes) the most important thing I’ve learned is that runners LOVE TO RUN…period! So my ultimate goal is to give you the tools you need to keep running and do what you love.
If you would like to learn more about Running Injury Prevention, make sure to attend my complimentary workshop on September 18th, 2018 @ 8pm. I will be covering several topics such as common running injuries, key exercises and stretches and post race recovery. Hope to see you there!