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 operating biomechanics relate to decrease limb harm.

It’s tough to evaluate the danger of harm when coaching for a marathon. Some declare it’s as excessive as 92%, however even conservative estimates recommend the possibilities are nearly one in 5. What’s not unsure is which you could scale back the hazard. ‘Poor biomechanics and over coaching are the principle causes of harm,’ says Wynne. ‘However frequent accidents may be simply prevented.’ 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 muscular 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 operating, ensure that your knees don’t rub collectively.’ 

2 Shin splints

‘Medial tibial stress syndrome relates primarily to ache originating from the internal side of the shinbone. It’s brought on by an abrupt enhance in coaching that doesn’t give the bone time to adapt.’


‘Runners growing their weekly distance by greater than 30% put themselves at excessive threat. When you uncover your base stage of endurance – which you must in your first run – enhance your total weekly time or distance by not more than 10% per week, and don’t enhance each directly.’

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, nevertheless it’s additionally related to tight or weak calves.’


‘Don’t simply stretch your calf muscular 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 beneath 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 giant forces, notably when operating. A sudden enhance 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 muscular tissues of your foot utilizing the STAR tour check: stand on one leg and faucet the opposite leg on the bottom forwards, backwards and to both facet so far as you’ll be able to. Do 5 units of 5 on every leg. For a better problem you are able to do it on an unstable floor resembling a Bosu ball. Nonetheless, crucial tip is to extend your operating distance progressively by following the 10% rule.’