I keep getting injured when I run
I have written this week’s blog in the format of a case study, as over many years of treating runners’ injuries this has been a common theme.
I joined a local running group, very friendly group, because I wanted to take up running – that was a few years ago now and did not want to run on my own. I started slow, walk and run, for a few weeks and gradually built up distance. It was all going very well, running 2-3 times per week.
As a few months went by, I managed to get up to running 7km that’s when things started to change. I develop a slight pain on the outside of my right knee, it did not get any worse in a run so I would keep going and finish the run, I would then get home and have a nice soak in the bath which would ease the pain until the next time.
This went on for a few weeks until the pain in the knee became worse, and I had started to limp in a run and had to drop out, I tried a knee support but did not work. A friend suggested a massage which I did and it helped for a few weeks, but the problem came back again. I then tried various other therapy treatments over time which involved some rehab exercises to do every day at home; apparently the knee pain was due to an iliotibial band syndrome. I was also asked if I had increased my running distance too quickly, but I really did not think this was the case.
After many weeks from running I started to try and run again as the pain had settled and no problem when walking but the pain seem to come back despite all the treatment and exercise, I felt that I had now tried everything to get fixed I had even bought a pair of pronation controlled trainers and that didn’t work.
The only thing left to do was to pack up running!
A few months later there was an advert in our local magazine for running technique coaching, I didn’t put much hope in this but thought I would give it one last go, as I really wanted to run again, so I went for an assessment. Well I found out that I was an over strider and landed heavy on my heels, I could not understand it as I thought running was natural.
Well over the next few weeks I began implementing a new style of running, it felt so different, smoother and less pounding on the body and I felt faster but could only keep it up for a short distance.
6 months on and I am back running faster than I was before, more co-ordinated and balanced and no knee pain and increasing my distance.
Treating the injury and using isolated rehabilitation exercises may not change the stress on your knee when you run if your movement pattern stays the same. In the case study the issue was poor running mechanics. Running technique coaching can help both the youth and adult runner, to find your optimal running technique to reduce impact on your body, help with injury prevention and improving running efficiency.
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