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Running Injury Prevention - Work In Progress

by Greg Lehman
Published on: July 18, 2020
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Audience: Runners and Therapists

Purpose: A quick guide to running injury prevention.  This article is a lead in to an almost complete e-book that runners can use to keep healthy and improve performance.

Injury prevention for runners is not rock-solidly founded in science… and may not even be possible.  With runners it is more injury management.  You are going to get injured and  you are going to have some aches and pains.  The ideal is to minimize your lost training time and avoid some of the nasty injuries that can jeopardize your long term running and goals.

As I said, injury management is not a science.  What works for one person often does not work for another.  Unfortunately, there are few strong statements that we can make about injury prevention.  If a therapist tells you that you must do “x” to prevent injuries then for the most part they probably don’t know what they are talking about.  Injury prevention articles tend to glom onto whatever is fadish (e.g. core stability, dynamic warm ups, stretching, minimalism).

This article will be some opinion that is informed by some research.  All of the suggestions can help some of the time. (more…)

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