Factors Leading To Running Injuries – Posture And Body Alignment


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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