[This in-depth look at some of the more common ailments runners face may help you avoid injury all together. The secret: strengthening your kinetic chain. – The Opedix Editors]
Running tops the charts as one of the most popular fitness activities. According to Running USA, women are out-participating men in road races at every distance except the full marathon. Even for teens it is one of the most participated in sport. But as runners increase their mileage, the chance for injury increases, especially if they have underlying kinetic chain dysfunctions. Here we’ll explore the more common overuse injuries fitness professionals should be on the lookout for and what can be done to help their running clients prevent them from happening. For committed runners, rest is a four-letter word, and the last thing they want to do is stay off their feet.
Some of the more common running related overuse injuries include patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), IT-band syndrome (ITBS), shin splints, and plantar fasciitis. We’ll take a look at what they are and what can be done to help prevent these mileage stoppers. As you’ll see, performing an overhead squat assessment or single-leg squat assessment will help identify the clients that could be at risk for these injuries along with corrective strategies to apply (1). Key identifying compensations will be knees that move inward and feet that flatten, but each client may have additional kinetic chain dysfunctions that will still need to be addressed to run straight.
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