Age and Weight Can Affect the Likelihood of Running Injuries for New Runners
A study published by the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that runners who had a lower weight and age were less susceptible to running injuries as opposed to older runners who were older, heavier, or, surprisingly, more easygoing in personality.
Danish researchers surveyed 930 runners for a year, the focus being on runners who haven’t run more than 10 kilometers total within the past year. Of the 930 new runners, 254 runners sustained a running injury during the study. The study concluded that age was a primary factor with new runners getting injured, and body mass secondly.
If you believe you’ve sustained an injury while running or need assistance on how to further prevent injury, you should seek out the advice of a podiatrist such as Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment and prevention options that work for you.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
Runner’s knee, where the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, causes a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.
What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.
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