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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 15:41

Soldiers and Running Injuries Studied by U.S. Army Featured

 In hopes of lowering the rate of injury, lieutenants in the U.S. Army held a research study. The study consisted of 1027 soldiers whose running habits and techniques were monitored, particularly the amount of force being used.  The lieutenants attempted to see if there was a link between the amounts of force made when runners hit the ground with the injury rate.

Researchers examined the soldiers’ instances of injuries while observing their running techniques. The study concluded that the amount of force used had no bearing on any of the injuries sustained by the soldiers.

Running injuries can happen to anyone, even soldiers. If you have suffered a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

 

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Additional information – including how to prevent foot injuries– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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