13 Mar Is running THROUGH PAIN into FEBRUARY a good idea?
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So by now you’re four weeks into that brand new running program, and to be fair, up until this point you’ve been tolerating it reasonably well…. Am I right?
BUT! For an unknown reason you’ve started to notice a niggly pain in your shins, or there’s pain in your knee that you just can’t seem to pinpoint, or maybe you’ve started to develop some groin pain that just isn’t going away… And you’re asking yourself, is this bad? Should I keep running? Should I stop? Should I see a physiotherapist? Well hopefully this gives you some clarity!
Stress related training errors occur when we exercise our body at a level that’s higher than our capacity, not allowing our bones, muscles and tendons to adapt to the forces that we’re putting them through. Unfortunately stress related training injuries can creep up out of nowhere and be quite intense, which as you can imagine can be quite concerning for a patient.
What do you need to look out for?
Pain in the bone (such as your shin i.e shin splints) that worsens during exercise can be indicative of a stress response. While you’re running try to confirm, does my pain come on and stay at a certain level, or does it come on and deteriorate?
Pain that presents after exercise and lasts into the next day is usually indicative of a stress or inflammatory response. If your pain disappears or returns to its baseline by the time you go to bed, than that’s not so much of a concern compared to pain that lasts into the next day
Pain in your tendons (such as your achilles) that presents in the warm up, and then gets better as you get moving, before re-presenting when cooling down is usually indicative of a reaction in your tendon.
If you’ve answered a solid yes to any of these questions, then we recommend seeing a physiotherapist as soon as you can, so that we can KEEP YOU RUNNING! If you’re unsure of your answers, then seeing a physiotherapist definitely wouldn’t hurt either, even if it’s to address some of your deficits or for your piece of mind!
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How can you avoid these injuries?
Resistance training will help bring your capacity up to the level you require for running
Plyometric training will help expose your body to the forces of running, which will help your bones, muscles and tendons adapt and work at the level you require them to
A review of your running technique may also help reduce the stress of certain areas and tissues in your body
If you need help keeping on track with your new year’s running goals, and you want to avoid these stress related injuries then give us a call on 03 9370 0345 or click here to make an appointment. We also offer online strength and conditioning programs, and running programs for all patients not in the Moonee Ponds and surrounding areas.