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A journey to Injury free running

A journey to Injury free running

Quotes- John SheehanThree things in life are guaranteed: death, taxes and running injuries.

We’ve all been there before and all runners understand the disappointment and frustration associated with injury. As with most unforeseen things in life, it sneaks up on us at the most inconvenient times, a month before that ‘big race’. It starts out as a little niggle during the longer runs. We try to run through it and convince ourselves that it will be gone tomorrow. It’s not. The pain just worsens and eventually it forces you to stop running altogether.

Our first cause of action is to try and fix it by any means necessary. One by one we try all the tools in our toolbox: foam rolling, stretching, voodoo flossing, ice packs, expensive gels and popping anti-inflammatories like smarties. We end up buying new shoes because our running buddy swears he had the same injury and new shoes fixed it. Every morning we gingerly roll out of bed, praying that the evilness disappeared overnight, only to be disappointed a few kilometers into our run.

I often hear trail runners claim that they have fewer overuse injuries since transitioning to trail running. There is not yet a lot of research available on injury rates in trail running. It is expected that approximately 60% of runners will sustain a running related injury each year or 2.5-38 injuries per 1000h of running and the rate of injury increases in runners training for a marathon. As (aspiring) ultra-trail runners we spend a lot of hours running, which increases our risk of developing running-related injuries. During the 2010 Al Andalus Ultra Trail, of all medical problems reported, 22.5% were lower limb musculoskeletal injuries. And this just during a single 5 day stage race.

So how do we stay on the trails and out of the Physio’s office?

Injury free running is a journey of self-discovery. As a runner, I have been on this journey before and as a physiotherapist I help injured runners on their own journey back to healthier running.

On this blog I will guide you through the principles of injury free running. I will challenge your beliefs and help you navigate the vast expanse of prevention strategies, research and treatment options available. I will show you that training in itself can become your best defence against injury and if experience taught me anything, I will also learn from you as fellow trail runners.

Healthy running might be easier than you thought.

Tarrin

 

Tarrin van Niekerk

Physiotherapist and Blogger at Running Clinic & UltraRunner ZA
I am a Physiotherapist with a special interest in running injury prevention.I enjoy running in all its forms; but I am happiest in the mountains.I believe in empowering runners by teaching them self-management and injury-prevention strategies. You have all the answers as to why you have pain, I just know how to ask the right questions.I am a fan of common sense and the best current available evidence.

You can find me at:
tarrin@runningclinic.co.za
071 685 2235
Practice: Lifestyle Management Park
Unit 4, Second Floor, Suite 224
Clifton Ave, Lyttelton, Centurion
012 664 6128

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I am a Physiotherapist with a special interest in running injury prevention. I enjoy running in all its forms; but I am happiest in the mountains. I believe in empowering runners by teaching them self-management and injury-prevention strategies. You have all the answers as to why you have pain, I just know how to ask the right questions. I am a fan of common sense and the best current available evidence. You can find me at: tarrin@runningclinic.co.za 071 685 2235 Practice: Lifestyle Management Park Unit 4, Second Floor, Suite 224 Clifton Ave, Lyttelton, Centurion 012 664 6128

2 Comments

  1. I am all ears. I feel sometimes that I spend more time waiting for recovery than training. Well, more conditioning than running.

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  2. Great introduction Tarrin! Looking forward to the Journey..

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