When it comes to making the most out of your fitness lifestyle, you would do well to know about the potential risks; the more you know about the dangers in your sport, the easier it is to avoid them. Informed athletes and recreational runners should always take due care because running puts your body under a lot of stress. However, that stress only makes you fitter and stronger if you know how to perform and recover. Today we are going to look at injuries that every runner should know about.
Protect your knees
You’ve heard of tennis elbow and cauliflower ear, but they are not necessarily relevant to your sport of choice. Runner’s knee is a common problem due to your knee being responsible for bridging your upper and lower leg; which makes it the weakest point and rather susceptible to damage!
Runner’s knee is not officially a medical term but is a general name for a problem that can actually be caused by a few different issues.
Such problems can include overuse, muscular imbalances, weak thighs or even bone misalignment. IF you do suffer from bad knees, we suggest you go and see your family doctor as soon as you can. Prevention wins over a cure any day and we don’t ever want to make matters worse.
Otherwise known as Tinea Pedis, this is a ghastly skin condition that could happen if you don’t wear adequate footwear, or if your feet sweat a lot and you don’t use trainers that let your feet ‘breathe.’ If your feet itch quite a lot or smell bad, or you suffer from dry skin, these can also be catalysts for athlete’s foot.
Severe cases can lead to skin cracking and blisters, which isn’t something you want as a runner! Addressing your footwear and going for attire that is designed for frequent runners (both long and short distance) is a sure-fire way to prevent this problem. Keeping the area dry and clean is essential too, so always wash your feet and dry them to keep things hygienic down there!
Another thing to remember is not to walk across dirty floors or public changing rooms with bare feet as these can be a breeding ground for all kinds of nasty germs. Use disinfectant wherever possible!
This is a very common one! Even if you don’t class yourself as a sprinter, simply playing sports that involve running around a lot can leave you susceptible to shin splints. Many sports and athletes use running or jogging as part of the game or training regime. Shin splints are tiny hairline fractures that happen in the lower legs around your calf muscles or in your shins. The pain starts quite suddenly after exercise and doesn’t have much of a pre-warning that it may happen. So you need to be vigilant in your training methods to avoid shin splints as much as possible!
Avoid drastic changes in your regimen and work up slowly toward new goals, as this helps strengthen bones over time, but they can’t improve overnight. Constant running on hard or uneven surfaces can also be a common cause of shin splints because of the hard impact that is absorbed through your shin bones.
The best remedy for this is ample rest time and can take roughly two weeks to see a full improvement. Remember though, you should always seek medical attention if you are concerned with any of the above problems we have mentioned.
Now you know the potential running injuries, it’s important you protect yourself at all costs. Use our handy tips and tricks to keep yourself safe when running and you’ll never be out of the game! Due diligence and care may seem somewhat of a chore but look at it this way, if you pay attention to these aspects then your training will become more enjoyable, fruitful and make you into a lean, mean running machine in no time!