Every year, over 36 million people take up running in the United States as a form of exercise and recreation. Almost half of them will experience some sort of injury from their running.
Running can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re running over long distances. What can make matters worse is if your running technique is poor and you have poor body alignment.
If you’re going to run, you should always warm up your body and muscles first before trying to stretch cold muscles. You want to get blood flowing into the area first so it can warm up, letting you gently stretch and warm up that area.
Proper alignment is also important. If your form is terrible, you’re bound to start getting aches and pains when you run. James Rush of Spectrum Physiotherapy in Newmarket says they get dozens of patients each year with running injuries that could have been prevented with proper form.
Check out the infographic below that covers the most common types of running injuries and some tips on how to avoid or minimize your chances of getting an injury the next time you take off on your neighborhood jog.