In­jury Bend your way faster

Don’t fall into the spinal trap. Stay mo­bile – and put your back into it

Runner's World (UK) - - In This Issue -

A LACK OF MO­BIL­ITY in the spine can al­ter load­ing pat­terns and raise your in­jury risk, says a new study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Body­work and Move­ment

Ther­a­pies. For the study, run­ners’ spines were ‘splinted’ to pre­vent ro­ta­tion. When ro­ta­tion was re­stricted, the sub­jects ex­pe­ri­enced higher ground re­ac­tion forces. ‘The spine and pelvis are the en­gine that drives hu­man lo­co­mo­tion, es­pe­cially run­ning,’ says study author Joseph Mor­ley. To re­store ro­ta­tion, he rec­om­mends ex­er­cises that com­bine spinal ro­ta­tion with counter-ro­ta­tion of the legs and pelvis to im­prove mo­bil­ity.

BACK ON TOP A flex­i­ble spine will help re­duce your risk of in­jury

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