Why do long distance runners keep on getting injured?
by Kathleen Lisson
- Runners are tough clients - we are Type A, focused on maintaining and improving our conditioning and VO2 Max more than our musculoskeletal system.
- Runners injuries are based on the way we run and/or overuse a.k.a. how many steps we are taking.
- Runners are all too often focused on the 'quick fix.' We want to keep on running. Just fix it! But - do we treat underlying causes of our running injuries or just want to mask the symptoms so we can keep lacing up our shoes?
- Runners are always on the line between training and overtraining. When we overtrain too much, we risk injury and totally derailing our training schedule.
The four issues we face are: