Running Injury Prevention – How Physiotherapy Can Help

Most accidents from running are attributed to overuse. The athletes’ knee, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonopathy, shin splints and illiotibial band (ITB) syndrome ‘Big 5 running injuries’ all fall under the category of overuse injury. Any injury that prevents you from training is frustrating, but running injuries can be stopped from being overused and physiotherapists can play a major role in this. If you are looking for more tips, check out Awesome Physiotherapy Of Richmond Hill.

Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to experience a running injury may not only know how frustrating it is when you can’t run, but will also know how much time, resources and effort it takes to get the correct care for the problem.

Physiotherapy is traditionally seen as preventive, that is, you only need to go and seek treatment after a problem has occurred, but injury prevention is often included in the role of the physiotherapist.

There are several factors that can lead to the creation of a running injury. Some, but by no means all, of the considerations to be considered are boots, training load, training surface, weakness, prior injury and endurance. Experts in human mechanics are physiotherapists. They have expert knowledge of how the body’s muscles, joints and ligaments work to create movement. They will use this expertise to observe the way you move and understand the external factors that impact movement until they cause damage and detect potential issues.

Once it has occurred, the cost and effort involved in avoiding damage is considerably smaller than that in treating an injury. To avoid a breakdown, we service and MOT our vehicles. Why don’t we do the same for ourselves?

The dynamics of human movement can be compared to that of a car engine in very basic terms. It won’t be too long before it impacts other parts of the engine if one small part isn’t working properly and eventually this will cause a breakdown, it’s the same for our bodies.

A six-minute mile run takes just over 1000 steps on average, and at slower speeds, the number of steps increases. A 5k run will take well over 3000 steps for most of us, which is 3000 repetitions of the same motion.

If one, even very small, part of the movement of our body is not as it should be, much like the car engine, it can cause stress in other places that will ultimately cause an injury.