Sore Runners

With the recent trend of improving weather there will be the inevitable shift from the ‘rugged up in-doors’ winter mode to the ‘lets get back into shape’ for summer mode. An ever popular choice of exercise is running. There are many benefits to running; you don’t have to travel far, you don’t need to be super fit to get started, you can do it anytime of the day or night and there are not extensive equipment costs (although running shoes are not cheap!).

Recently our physiotherapist Chris Snell volunteered to take a brief session with the local Can Too running group as part of Waverley Park Physiotherapy’s ever growing effort to support our local community. Can Too are a non-for profit organisation that since starting up in April 2005 has trained over 6,000 people to swimming and running glory and raised over $7.4 million for Cure Cancer Australia. We thought given the likely increase in the number of your patients commencing an effort to get fit we would share a few key notes from Chris’ talk on acute injury management and injury prevention.

Please visit Can Too’s website by clicking HERE to discover more about them.

The talk discussed the importance of the initial management of an injury. You can find our initial management guide in PDF form in the sidebar to the left of your screen (might have to scroll a little for it). It covers the things you should be doing between sustaining the injury and seeing a health practitioner.

The talk also included some information about the four most common injuries seen in runners. In the PDF WPPC Common Runners Injuries 2011 you can see some information about these common conditions and how they might present.

The talk was focused on injury prevention. Using recent research to identify common factors between the top four injuries and the steps the athletes can take to reduce the risk of injury.

If you are interested in some good advice on injury prevention or think you might have already have an injury feel free to make an appointment with one of our physiotherapists. All of our physiotherapists are experienced with sporting injuries and a wide range of sports.