The season of New Year’s resolution is about to begin and this is usually the time of the year when most of the people who want to lose weight decide to start running and at the same time, people who run occasionally or regularly decide to run further or faster. This does not come as a surprise – for a long time experts are recommending running as the ideal workout, however, as the many inexperienced people start running, some running-related injuries are bound to happen.
Here are the five most common and the most basic running injuries:
- Shin splints
Shin splints are probably one of the most common injuries among runners. Shin splints is the term used for any pain that is experienced in the front of the lower leg. They are usually caused by the high-impact long distance running on hard surfaces (it can also be caused by each of these individually). The pain that runner experiences during train session tends to fade out, however in most of the cases pain returns after the session has finished. In order to prevent shin splints you should stretch calf muscle and Achilles tendon before running, use the muscles of the back of the legs more than the front-leg muscles and try not to overstride.
- Runner’s knee
Runner’s knee is an injury that in most cases experience beginner runners and women. The injury happens when a runner overuses its knee by running long distances before they are truly ready for it. The best way to get to run long distances is to increase slowly the distance – experts recommend to increase the distance of your runs no more than 10 percent a week.
- Snapping hip
This is a condition that happens to people who tend to run long distances on repetitive and physically demanding courses. It can be easily heard, because it demonstrates as an audible snapping or popping around the hip joint. The only way to reduce the pain is to rest and not be active for some time. However, if you continue running even after you have experienced snapping hip, you could experience much harder pain after some time. In order to prevent snapping hip you should avoid running for an extended period of time, maintain good flexibility and consult a specialist about your condition.
- Neck pain
Believe it or not, many runners experience neck pain – which occurs because stress tends to accumulate in the neck area. Even though we don’t realize, our neck has to balance our heads – but this is not all – it also has to compensate the imbalance of arches of the feet or the curves of the back and this is why neck has so much physical burden, even though it seems that it does not have any relevant role in running. Furthermore, some runners might experience neck pain because of their poor running form or just because they don’t relax while running and their muscles are simply too tense during running session. When you experience neck pain, it would be the best to take breaks when sitting or standing for a long time.