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Why do running injuries occur?

Running may appear like a uncomplicated exercise to take up to increase your fitness. However, it is not quite as straightforward as it may seem with some scientific studies showing that up to three-quarters of runners experience an injury each year. Depending upon how serious that overuse injury is and how it is managed, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The causes of running injury are multifactorial however they are associated with issues for example doing too much running too quickly before letting your body to adapt to the increased degrees of running. Poor running shoes with characteristics which do not match up with those of the runners needs can be an issue. Troubles with foot biomechanics and the running technique could also be problems at increasing the chance for an injury.

A good example of a running injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia surrounding muscles that contain the muscles in place. In the event that fascia is tight, once we exercise the muscle would like to expand but that restricted fascia prevents it. That pressure inside the fascia compartment is usually painful. In anterior compartment syndrome, this involves the muscles that are on front of the leg. The most common reason behind this problem is what is known as overstriding. In this the runner is striking the ground with their leading leg too far in front of the body. To lower the foot to the ground, the anterior leg muscles need to work harder. As they work harder, the muscles expand and if the fascia doesn’t allow it, then this results in being painful. It will only be painful when running and won’t be painful when not running. The easiest method to deal with anterior compartment syndrome to use approaches for the runner to shorten their stride length so that the front foot isn’t going to contact the ground too far ahead of the body when running.