Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Stretches for Runners

Research has shown many people who enjoy running lack the appropriate time to properly stretch. The sport of running can range from jogging 15 minutes per day to preparing for a marathon. It is beneficial to learn how to prevent running injuries, and this generally begins by warming up and cooling down before and after running. Effective stretches for runners can include the hip flexor and quad stretch. This is done by kneeling on one leg, reaching back, and bringing the bent leg as close as possible to the buttocks. The hamstrings can easily get hurt if they are not stretched properly. Lying on the floor, raising one leg up, and using a band that is wrapped around that leg while pulling it forward is considered to be a good hamstring stretch. If you would like to learn about additional stretches that can help to prevent running injuries, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to achieve your running goals without injury.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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