Running injuries

Running injuries

Running involves repetition of a very similar action over a prolonged period of time. As a consequence the potential for runners suffering from 'overuse' injuries in particular is very high. By understanding these injuries, you should be able to minimise their impact on your running.

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Common causes of running injuries

Common causes of running injuries

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.

Advice on preventing running injuries

Advice on preventing running injuries

by Neil Black

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.

Common running injuries - sole of foot pain

Common running injuries - sole of foot pain

by Trevor Prior

Sole of foot pain is usually caused by inflammation of the 'plantar fascia', a structure like a ligament that runs from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot and toes.

Common running injuries - heel pain

Common running injuries - heel pain

by Neil Black

Heel pain is usually caused by damage to the tissues near the Achilles tendon, which runs from the calf muscle to the heel.

Common running injuries - shin pain

Common running injuries - shin pain

by Trevor Prior

Runners with shin pain are usually suffering from either shin splints - a catch all term for lower leg pain - or compartment syndrome - a build up of pressure in a muscle compartment of the leg.

Common running injuries - knee pain

Common running injuries - knee pain

by Neil Black

Knee pain can be caused by inflammation of the knee tendon in the region just below the knee cap - called 'patella tendonitis'.

Common running injuries - buttock pain

Common running injuries - buttock pain

by Neil Black

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'.

Common running injuries - groin pain

Common running injuries - groin pain

by Neil Black

Groin pain can be caused by damage to tissues in the groin area. This is called a sports hernia or 'inguinal disruption'.

Common running injuries - bone injuries

Common running injuries - bone injuries

by Neil Black

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.

3D gait analysis

3D gait analysis

by Steve Williamson

Understanding what caused your injury in the first place is fundamental to putting it right and a state-of-the-art Run3D system is leading the way in biomechanical assessment.

Rehabilitation after a running injury

Rehabilitation after a running injury

by Neil Black

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.

Getting professional help for running injuries

Getting professional help for running injuries

by Neil Black

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.

Psychology of running injuries

Psychology of running injuries

by Carole Seheult

The right mental approach will help manage rehabilitation and could even lead to a speedier recovery. Carole gives advice on psychological strategies in recovery from illness and injury.

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