How To Prevent Common Running Injuries
Running is a great way to stay in shape, but it can also lead to serious injuries. Thankfully, there are a handful of ways to help prevent muscle spasms, cramps, and many other running pains. Keep reading to learn more:
Stick to a Schedule
The first thing you’ll want to consider when you start running is your schedule. We know that it’s easy to get impatient with your progress when you’re starting out, but it’s important to ease into running. Running too much, too fast is just asking for an injury. Instead, try to ease into it. Start small and add on a little more each week. That way, your body is ready for what your running routine has in store for it.
Make Sure To Stretch
It’s good advice in life, and it’s good advice for running: be flexible. If you don’t stretch before a run, not only will your run be harder; there’s a good chance you’ll injure yourself. We recommend that you stretch for at least 10 minutes before you head out. Some stretches you can try include:
- Quadricep stretches
- Hamstring stretches
- Calf stretches
- Groin stretches
Then, once you’re done, stretch a little more. Your muscles deserve some attention after all the hard work they put in.
Finally, it’s important that you drink plenty of water when you go running. Dehydration can do a number on your body, not to mention heat exhaustion and other difficulties. To prevent this, just make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during, and after you run. Try to get in a good gulp every 15-20 minutes at least. Trust us, your body will thank you for it.
Running is a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise. Unfortunately, it’s also a great way to get injured if you’re not careful. Make sure that when you exercise, you do it in a way that’s safe for your body. It’s not too hard, and it makes a load of difference.
The sports medicine doctors at Colorado Clinic treat a wide variety of sports injuries. Whether the injury is sustained by an amateur or professional athlete, the objective is to achieve pain relief for the patient without the use of surgery and get the athlete back on the field as soon as possible. Visit our website to schedule a consultation at one of our locations today!