Work­shop shows run­ners how to strengthen prob­lem ar­eas

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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

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