Light on Your Feet

Canadian Running - - EDITORIAL -

Last De­cem­ber, the Bri­tish Jour­nal of Sports Medicine pub­lished a study on run­ning in­juries in women.

The study brought to­gether 249 ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners. It tracked im­pact load­ing – the dam­age done by pound­ing the pave­ment, to see if there were pat­terns to in­juries.

Over the course of two years, more than 100 of the par­tic­i­pants re­ported a se­ri­ous in­jury that re­quired med­i­cal aid. Forty more in­di­cated that they'd had a mi­nor in­jury. The re­main­ing 100 or so avoided in­jury.

Of those 100 run­ners, 21 re­ported that they'd never ac­tu­ally had a run­ning in­jury be­fore. The re­searchers com­pared this small group with the rest of the group's im­pact load­ing on a pres­sure­sen­si­tive track. They found that, even af­ter con­trolled for weight and mileage, the 21 never-in­jured run­ners were lit­er­ally lighter on their feet, with very short du­ra­tions and force of im­pact with each foot strike.

The re­searchers’ con­clu­sion: lit­er­ally think about be­ing lighter on your feet and hav­ing a soft land­ing. Also, try in­creas­ing your ca­dence to help with a lighter more nim­ble stride – un­less, of course, you have never ex­pe­ri­enced a run­ning in­jury. Then, just keep do­ing what you're do­ing.

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