How to Avoid Walking and Running Injuries, Part 2

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In the first blog article/video in the series called “How to Avoid Walking and Running Injuries”, I said I would focus on effective training and injury prevention so that you can keep exercising. Walking and running injuries are usually caused by constant repetition and there are 4 primary causes: overuse, compensation, pressure and power.

In today’s article/video, I go through the first two of these, overuse and compensation.

Overuse

Chronic overuse injuries are caused by small “wrong” forces repeated again and again. This kind of injury eventually sends a warning of danger; a red flag! A pain will start small, growing in intensity until you just have to stop. The sooner you recognize the problem, the better and the more likely the injury will only be a minor one.

Compensation

This is a negative byproduct of overuse. If you experience even a small inkling of pain as you walk or run, you will eventually, often subconsciously, adjust your stride to reduce the discomfort. Even a very subtle change in your walking or running gait, whether made consciously or not, can increase your risk of further injury.

In the next article/video in this series I will discuss the other 2 primary causes: pressure and power. To make sure you get each edition of the series, you can sign up for my Blog by entering your information below.

Until the next time remember my motto:

You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy.

By Jim Kirwan

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