What to Know About Running Injuries

Hello, runners! It’s Dr. Nick Studholme with Studholme Chiropractic here. Hopefully, your training for the Platte River Half Marathon & Relay has been injury-free! As you continue training and preparing for race day, keep these stats and insights about running injuries in mind to help you maximize your training and prevent injuries throughout the process.

Common running injuries include knee and Achilles tendon/calf injuries

What Are the Most Common Running Injuries?

Did you know that nearly 50% of runners are injured each year? In fact, 90% of first-time marathon runners are injured while training for their race. You read that correctly — 90%!

A recently published paper tracked 224 recreational runners for one year. On average, these runners ran 10 miles a week.

In this study, researchers looked at the most common location of injuries and the factors that might influence running-related injuries. The authors measured previous injuries, running experience, weekly running distance, age, gender, and body mass index (BMI) as potential factors influencing injury risk. Unsurprisingly, the knee and the Achilles tendon/calf were the most common injuries.

Why Is This Not a Surprise?

Well, most runners have weak hip and lower leg muscles. Why is this? Runners love to run and not workout at the gym. Does this sound familiar?

The study concluded that “Recreational runners with a previous injury were twice as likely to sustain a running-related injury than runners with no previous injury.”

If you have a previous injury and need to address it properly, now is the time!

Runners on a street to illustrate common running injuries

Schedule a Running Assessment

Even if you don’t have an old injury, it would still be valuable to set up a proper running assessment with us at Studholme Chiropractic so we can measure your hip and calf strength. We want to help ensure you don’t become another running injury statistic. Prevention is the key!

Preventing Injury While Running Is Possible!

We offer the most comprehensive running evaluation along the Front Range and we’re here to help you maximize your performance while preventing injury. With appropriate strength training and working on the skill of running, we can help you avoid becoming one of the 50% of runners who get injured each year!

Call us today (303-939-0004) or connect with us online and let us help you run injury-free.

In Health,

Dr. Nick