Running is a sport of passion; Why else would we torture our bodies with miles of punishment every day?
Running injuries are an unfortunate, but all too common, occurrence. The most common injuries occur in the lower limbs (calves, ankles, Achilles tendon) and lower back. These problems occur due to poor technique, uneven surfaces, muscles overuse, excessive training or incorrect footwear. Running along on hard surfaces can in time, cause muscle strain and damage to The joints. Pilates & Yoga for runners aims specifically to give Running Stretches, help strengthen the lower back, reducing pressure caused by constant jarring on the spine during a run, and provide a Pilates & Yoga Running Training Programme.
Running injuries are very specific due to the repetitive nature of the sport. Injuries are caused either by the body’s own intrinsic factors or by extrinsic factors. If there is a biomechanical abnormality anywhere along the chain from the feet up, then injuries can occur. The most common problem is feet that collapse and overpronate causing the leg to turn in and pressure on the Achilles, shin, knee, hip and spine. If you over pronate then you need stability trainers or running shoes to support the foot. In extreme cases where the runner is injury prone, orthotics may be prescribed.
The body works on a closed chain system when running i.e. when the foot is in contact with the ground, the forces and mechanics are transmitted along the leg to the spine. This is repeated every step and means if anywhere along this chain is out of line then potential injuries can happen.
Most specialist running shops will be able to look at your feet and tell you what foot type you are. Squinting patella and hips and knees that turn in are also common problems especially in women. Again these means these areas and those above and below are placed under extra strain, leading to injuries this is why a Pilates & Yoga Running Training programme consisting of running stretches is enough.
A lot of biomechanical problems can be corrected using a Pilates & Yoga Rehabilitation Running Training program. For example, knees that fall in (giving a knock-kneed appearance) are usually the result of weak hip abductor muscles which would usually act to pull the thigh and so knee outwards. Tight hip flexors are also a very common problem with runners as the hip flexors are repeatedly contracted and shortened. I would advise all runners to include simple Pilates & Yoga Hip Flexor running stretches in their warm up.