Factors Leading To Running Injuries – Posture And Body Alignment

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If posture is essential to prevent lower back pain and sore shoulders, why is it an element runners seldom, if ever, think about? We, runners, all know it’s important, but we just know, it’s there, it’s important….and that’s about all the attention posture gets, from many runners.

Posture is THE first element you need to look at in all areas of your life, not least your running technique.

Well aligned runners will have fewer injuries. Why? Because your body is meant to be aligned, to move in alignment, it will always seek alignment. When we don’t give what it needs then things go downhill. Slow, it may take a few years, but we get there.

Furthermore your alignment throughout your regular daily activities will impact your running alignment. You can’t have a poor posture 90% of the time, and expect to have a good posture when you run. Sure, it’s alright to forget your posture sometimes, we all do, but not most of the time.

Poor posture and alignment in running can (and does) lead to:

– lower back pain
– knee damage
– ankle injuries – a poor posture does put a lot pressure on the feet and ankles, they are your base of support afterall
– foot injuries
– sore shoulders
– shoulder and neck injuries
– tight neck and shoulder muscles
– reduced flexibility and  mobility – in legs and trunk as well – which can lead to pulled muscles

These are only some of the effects of incorrect body alignment and posture. Other include other area of your health such as digestion (yes, poor posture – poor digestion).

What is the correct alignment for running you ask? According to POSE Method Of Running there should be a straight line ear – shoulder – hip – ball of foot (which is the support and point of contact with the ground; ball of food is not toes or heel).

Alexander Technique is similar, with the only difference the straight line end just in front of the ankle. Since in Alexander Technique we look at standing and walking, alignment is a littler bit different, ever so slightly.

I will write another article on the topic.

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Factors Leading To Running Injuries – Change

Does running regularly mean you will end up having to pay physios for life? No, not necessarily. Although, like with virtually any sport, even swimming if you swim often and aim high, you will suffer some injuries. How bad, how often and for how long, now these are variables that can be changed.

Change is one of the causes of sport related injuries. And when we talk about running injuries we refer to:

– foot injuries – including plantar fasciitis
– ankle injuries
– shin splints
– knee injuries
– hip injuries
– lower back pain

These are very common injuries and pains in runners who run regularly and push themselves to make progress.

Change is one of the elements that can cause there types of running injuries. Change in terms of:

– speed
– distance
– running frequency, but also
– different shoes (watch out minimalist/barefoot runners when transitioning to minimalist shoes), and different technique
– training type – i.e. from endurance training to interval training

No matter how much you try to progress fast, you are directed by your NERVOUS SYSTM. Until the nervous system adapts to the change, any attempt to push beyond it’s adaptation time frame can lead to injuries.

Thus, my advice on any changes you wish to make:
– make change slow
– have patience
– make the correct changes
– make the changes correct
– get a coach to direct you so you do things the right way, especially if you are a beginner

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