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What are some risk factors for running injuries, and how can they be prevented?
We see a lot of running injuries that either come from overuse or improper running form. Here are three commonly seen risk factors, and how to prevent them.
Besides strengthening, cross-training can also help increase the economy in distance runners and increase VO2 max. A core strength program decreases a 5K time.
Lateral Stepping with Band at Ankle
Side and Back Kicks with Elastic (increased muscle contraction compared to machines)
Side-lying hip abduction
Side Plank with Hip Abduction
Thoughts for Gait Retraining:
Keep knees pointing forward
Keep the hips level
Keep the core engaged
Fire the glutes
Reduce arm swing
Mary Jean McKinnon, PTA, is a physical therapy assistant with OrthoCarolina Eastover Physical Therapy.