Runners – the Science
behind injury and prevention
Sports activities and exercises are known to have a positive influence on a person’s physical fitness, as well as to reduce the incidence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and many other chronic health problems. Because of its easy accessibility, long distance running is practised by many people and along with the growing interest in disease prevention it continues to increase in popularity.
However, running may also cause injuries, especially to the lower extremities. Various studies have reported on the prevalence and incidence of running injuries occurring in long distance runners during training.
Risk factors contributing to these injuries have also been reported.
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Barefoot Running: Does It Prevent Injuries?
Endurance running has evolved over the course of millions of years and it is now one of the most popular sports today. However, the risk of stress injury in distance runners is high because of the repetitive ground impact forces exerted.
Common running injuries include patello-femoral pain syndrome, tibial stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Barefoot running, as opposed to shod running (with shoes), has recently received significant attention in both the media and the market place for the potential to promote the healing process, increase performance, and decrease injury rates.