by Neil Black
There are a number of common causes of running injuries. For each of these, there are steps you can take to minimise the likelihood of injury.
As a runner trying to maximise your potential, the threat of injury is very real at any time. Most runners will, unfortunately, go to the point of injury at some stage.
Heel pain is usually caused by damage to the tissues near the Achilles tendon, which runs from the calf muscle to the heel.
Knee pain can be caused by inflammation of the knee tendon in the region just below the knee cap - called 'patella tendonitis'.
Buttock pain can be caused by inflammation of the hamstring tendons where they join the bone you sit on - the injury is called 'hamstring origin problem'.
Bone injuries caused by running are usually stress fractures. A stress fracture is a partial or complete fracture of a bone due to its inability to withstand repetitive forces.
The way we approach rehabilitation affects how quickly we can get back to training. Neil Black looks at what steps we can take to ensure the rehab process is as swift as possible.
There are a number of different health care professionals you can consult about a sports injury. Neil Black explains what they can do for you and who you should see.
Neil Black advises what you should do, both before and after a run to get the best out of your training sessions.
Groin pain can be caused by damage to tissues in the groin area. This is called a sports hernia or 'inguinal disruption'.
Neil qualified as a physiotherapist in 1981 and is an ex-international middle-distance runner. He has been the Chief Physiotherapist for UK Athletics and is now UK Athletics Performance Director. Since 1990, Neil has worked with many of the greats in athletics including Sally Gunnell, Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards, Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.
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