• Geoff

Injury Prevention - 1. Overview

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Injury Prevention for runners Van Run Club

As human beings we like to push ourselves to the limit. In any sport that line is the difference between peak performance and injury. As you increase your workout or running load on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, there are some key supplementary things you can do to help support that growth and reduce the risk of injury.

This article is an overview of what I will talk about in this blog series. I am speaking from my personal experience, it is important to note that this is what worked for me. You are more than welcome to try out what has worked for me and see how it feels for you. If you are injured or in serious pain please seek professional help.

For me, there are four main areas that I focus on to ensure that I support my increased run load so that I don’t wear my body down and increase my risk of injury. These areas are:

Similar to building proper form, it is important to listen to your body so you are aware of the messages your body is sending you. You need to know the difference between tightness, soreness, aches and pains. So you want to start to recognize what is normal for you and what is not normal. This will start to allow you to recognize the intensity of any of these sensations and then take the appropriate actions. As you collect more data about your body, you’ll be able to interpret those signs faster and more effectively.

Strengthening Your Core

As your primary run mu