The 10 Laws of Injury Prevention
Follow these time-tested principles and you’ll spend more time on the roads and less in rehab.
Injury Prevention Law #10: Get Shoes That Fit
In the minefield of running shoes, always make sure that your shoes fit and that they function best on your feet.
Prevent Cramping, Naturally
In summer when I run, I sweat a lot and get cramps if I don’t sip on an energy drink with electrolytes. But I find these drinks artificial. Is there anything more natural that I can use?
Stay On Course
Expert advice on avoiding injuries during peak training.
Cure Runner’s Knee
Prevent (and treat) that knee niggle… for good!
Injury Prevention Law #7: Don’t Race Or Do Speedwork Too Often
Researchers have found a correlation between injuries and frequent race efforts.
Injury Prevention Law #1: Know Your Limits
It’s easy to get injured; anyone can do it. Just run too much. “I firmly believe that every runner has an injury threshold,” says physical therapist and biomechanist Irene Davis, Ph.D., from the University of Delaware’s Running Injury Clinic.
Injury Prevention Law #3: Consider Shortening Your Stride
This comes as a bit of a surprise because it’s not discussed much in running circles.
Injury Prevention Law #8: Cross-Training Provides Active Rest and Recovery
Running is hard on the body, so its no surprise that running takes its toll on our muscles and joints. But what’s the answer?
Injury Prevention Law #2: Listen to Your Body
This is perhaps the oldest and most-widely-repeated advice for avoiding injuries, and still the best: