The health benefits of jogging are plentiful - ranging from weight loss and improved fitness to improving our mental well-being. However, there are potential ‘potholes’ for both beginners and experienced joggers.
• Up to 65% of runners are injured every year (to the point they can no longer jog) – the highest percentage of injuries in any mass participation sport!
• The most common injuries are around the front of the knee, the outside of the knee and in the sole of the foot – but many suffer pain in their backs, hips, shoulders and even necks.
Although the pain may be present in these areas, the problem may be caused by imbalances/weaknesses elsewhere. For instance, weakness in the hip can lead to pain in the knee – and the person may have never known they had weak hips!
However, the body is able to cope with these demands when treated correctly. To avoid being part of the 65% make sure you:
• Utilise the right training techniques and schedules, including rest periods, to suit your experience and ability.
• Use the correct footwear – don’t forget new trainers need to be ‘worn-in’ a little to avoid blisters and discomfort.
• Ensure good nutrition and hydration – this helps limit fatigue and promotes good recovery for your next run.
• Treat injuries and niggles straight away when they occur to stop them developing into a bigger / chronic problem.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with an experienced physiotherapist just get in touch!