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RUNNING MYTH 9: SHOULD YOU TAKE ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES FOR RUNNING INJURIES?

MYTH Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID’s) helps control excessive inflammation in the injured runner and promote an early return to running without detrimental effect to tissues. REALITY The inflammatory process is the initial phase in the body’s natural healing process after an injury from trauma or overuse. Taking NSAID’s inhibits this…

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RUNNING MYTH 7: THE TRUTHS AND MYTHS SURROUNDING RUNNING AND STRETCHING

MYTH *Stretching reduces your risk of injury and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) while improving your performance and recovery. *In this article, unless otherwise specified the term “stretching” refers to static stretches where an end of range position is held. REALITY Stretching pre-run does not reduce your risk of injury…

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Running Myth 5: Clarifying the link between Biomechanics and Running Injuries

MYTH Anatomical abnormalities of the lower body such as flat feet or knee valgus make people more susceptible to running injuries. REALITY Research shows there is *generally no relationship between biomechanical abnormalities and pathologies in the lower limbs *read further for the exceptions ELABORATION In a world that admires perfection,…

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Running Myth 4 – Do Hard Surfaces and Hills Increase Risk of Injury?

MYTH Hard surfaces and hills increases the risk of a running injury. REALITY There is no surface in particular that has been clearly linked to increased risk of injury (but read on please!). ELABORATION Allow me to repeat myself; as per our first post regarding the cause of running injuries,…

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RUNNING MYTH 3 – RUNNING SHOES! DOES MORE CUSHIONING MEAN MORE PROTECTION?

MYTH Cushioned running shoes prevent injury by reducing impact force and shock to your joints. REALITY There is no scientific evidence to support the popular school of thought that more cushioning means more protection. The fact is that thick cushioned soles do not decrease the impact force our joints absorb when…

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Running Myth 2 – Does Cross-Training Prevent Running Injuries?

MYTH It is better to cross­-train than to run six times per week. REALITY No studies have managed to quantify the optimal frequency of training with the purpose to prevent running injuries. ELABORATION As per our first post regarding the cause of running injuries, it comes down to tissue adaptation. You get…

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RUNNING MYTH 1 – Revealing the Truth About WHY Running Injuries Occur

MYTH  The majority of running injuries are caused by EXTERNAL factors (old or new shoes, pounding pavement) and INTERNAL factors (tight calves, overpronation). REALITY The main cause of running injuries is the amount of stress applied to your tissues. An increase in training volume or intensity accounts for nearly 80% of running injuries. EXPLANATION…

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Run Smarter – Top-10 Running Myths Shattered

Congratulations, runner! You have taken the first step towards smarter running habits. Congratulations, health professional! You are curious and open to the latest research in the prevention of running injuries and you are eager to spread the word. Our 5-week series provides you with basic, but oh so crucial, knowledge…

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Symptoms of Overtraining

The eight most common overtraining characteristics include: Unexplained and persistently poor athletic performance and high fatigue ratings Prolonged recovery from typical training sessions or competitive events Disturbed mood states characterized by general fatigue, apathy, depression, irritability, and loss of competitive drive Persistent feelings of muscle soreness and stiffness in muscles…

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Yoga Tips to Avoid Injury – Lara Brady, Physiotherapist

Awareness and self respect are key to any safe yoga practice. Keep these tips in mind to ensure your practice is safe and fulfilling: Yoga should never, ever hurt Don’t be shy, greet the teacher before class and tell them about injuries or areas that you have difficulty with. They should be…

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