You kick­start your train­ing

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run­ning pro­gramme. Use this test as an ex­er­cise to im­prove your bal­ance and pro­pri­o­cep­tive abil­ity. Work dili­gently till you can per­form this sin­gle leg bal­ance ac­tiv­ity for one to two min­utes with min­i­mal loss of bal­ance.

Sev­eral com­mon in­juries orig­i­nate from weak­ness in the hip mus­cles and core re­gion and poor pro­pri­o­cep­tive aware­ness which can be iden­ti­fied with the above screens. It is also worth not­ing risk of in­jury in­creases with the fol­low­ing.

Women tend to lack strength and sta­bil­ity in com­par­i­son to males. The rea­sons for this are not fully un­der­stood but the pelvic/hip align­ment of a women is dif­fer­ent to a man and this may be an un­der­ly­ing cause women have to be more con­scious of their run­ning form.

Past in­juries may play a role in plac­ing you in the in­creased risk for in­jury cat­e­gory due to com­pen­sa­tion and al­ter­ation of nor­mal gait pat­tern.

Slight gait ab­nor­mal­i­ties and mus­cle im­bal­ances may not af­fect the body if you are run­ning short dis­tances a cou­ple of times a week. How­ever, if you ramp up your mileage these small weak­nesses can turn into in­jury as in­creased miles mag­nify these weak­nesses and can. lead to break down.

Build your en­durance base for run­ning by walk­ing while work­ing on the above ex­er­cises. Run­ning is much more fun in­jury free.

Small strength and sta­bil­ity gains can pay huge div­i­dend to run­ning longevityand over­all en­joy­ment.

Dr Bryan Crouch,

Dr Julie Kir­wan, Crouch & Kir­wan Char­tered Phys­io­ther­a­pists

15 Abbey Square Cen­tre En­nis­cor­thy 087-449-7955

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