Saturday, January 11, 2014

4 Bulletproof Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

from http://www.artofmanliness.com


The percentage of runners that get hurt every year is staggering. Some studies even put that number at an eyebrow-raising 74% — or in other words, higher than professional football.
Browse any running message board and the most passionate posts are cries for help from frustrated runners with their latest overuse injury. Ask a veteran of the sport about their injury history and they’ll likely rattle off a laundry list of every conceivable malady possible:
  • IT band syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome
This begs the question: why are runners so good at getting hurt? If we have evolved to run (as many have suggested), then why is the injury rate so alarmingly high? Can you imagine a deer straining its hamstring galloping through the woods? Or a shark getting tendinitis in its fin from hunting a seal?



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