How to prevent common running injuries


David Wynne is a sports activities and musculoskeletal physiotherapist. As analysis lead of West London Physiotherapy (, he’s investigating how working biomechanics relate to decrease limb harm.

It’s difficult to evaluate the chance of harm when coaching for a marathon. Some declare it’s as excessive as 92%, however even conservative estimates recommend the probabilities are nearly one in 5. What’s not unsure is that you could scale back the hazard. ‘Poor biomechanics and over coaching are the principle causes of harm,’ says Wynne. ‘However frequent accidents might be simply averted.’ Right here’s how.

1 Runner’s knee

‘That is correctly referred to as iliotibial band or IT band friction syndrome. The IT band is a layer of tissue that runs alongside the outer thigh. In case your glutes and quads are weak your IT band can rub towards a sac of fluid in your knee, inflicting ache.’


‘Strengthen these muscle tissues with single-leg glute bridges, step-ups or lunges. Do three units of 15 reps, constructing as much as 4 units of eight reps with heavier weights, as soon as every week. When working, be certain that your knees don’t rub collectively.’ 

2 Shin splints

‘Medial tibial stress syndrome relates primarily to ache originating from the internal facet of the shinbone. It’s attributable to an abrupt improve in coaching that doesn’t give the bone time to adapt.’


‘Runners growing their weekly distance by greater than 30% put themselves at excessive danger. When you uncover your base degree of endurance – which you need to in your first run – improve your total weekly time or distance by not more than 10% per week, and don’t improve each without delay.’

three Achilles tendinopathy

‘The achilles runs down the again of your decrease leg to your heel and is the biggest tendon within the physique. Ache right here can come up from a change in footstrike sample in the direction of the entrance of your foot, however it’s additionally related to tight or weak calves.’


‘Don’t simply stretch your calf muscle tissues – strengthen them on the identical time. Stand together with your heels hanging over a step. Rise onto your toes and decrease slowly till your heel is under the step, then repeat. Do three units of 15 reps. It is best to really feel fatigue in your calves. If not, add weights.’

four Metatarsal stress fracture

‘The metatarsals are the lengthy bones of the foot and so they have to soak up massive forces, significantly when working. A sudden improve in train depth or period can result in fracture, as can pronation, which is when your foot rolls inwards as you land.’


‘Good foot posture and management is essential. Strengthen the intrinsic muscle tissues of your foot utilizing the STAR tour take a look at: stand on one leg and faucet the opposite leg on the bottom forwards, backwards and to both aspect so far as you possibly can. Do 5 units of 5 on every leg. For a better problem you are able to do it on an unstable floor equivalent to a Bosu ball. Nevertheless, a very powerful tip is to extend your working distance regularly by following the 10% rule.’