Mix up your running schedule to prevent injury

30 April 2013

For runners, a stringent routine is common practice. However, experts are now saying that a flexible routine, one that changes up running times and terrain, can help prevent injury.

Regardless of when you exercise, runners should base their weekly schedule around strength training, core and flexibility. Mixing things up a bit is an effective way to protect yourself from sports injuries caused by excessive, repetitive motion.

According to Paul Hobrough, a chartered physiotherapist, the most common running injuries are knee-related. Runner’s knee, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and iliotibial band friction syndrome are the three most prevalent conditions. Orthopaedic surgery is available for runners with knee problems - consider knee ligament surgery or joint injections to treat pain and inflammation.

In addition, practice preventative measures like running on soft ground whenever possible. Trail running is easier on the knees than jogging on pavement. Mix short, fast-paced training intervals with long, endurance runs when you plan your weekly running schedule. Pay attention to how your body responds during training and don’t go overboard. By doing so, you’re putting yourself and your health at risk.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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