3 SIMPLE STEPS TO DODGE INJURY
Workshop shows runners how to strengthen problem areas
WHEN 500 NOVICE runners training for a half marathon were monitored for six months by researchers at Cardiff University, one sub-group was found to have a 50 per cent lower incidence of injury than the average. And they were not those runners who fall into the ‘just luckier than others’ bracket. Rather, they were all attending the university’s injury-prevention workshops.
‘We focused on three areas: mobility, stability and function,’ says Tim Sharp, a physiotherapist involved in the study. ‘Within each element we assessed common problem areas we see in both novice and experienced runners.’
LEARNING CURVE Tackle problem areas before injuries develop