By Sean Jones PT, DPT, CSCS
As a physical therapist whose patient base includes about 75 percent running athletes, I commonly see training patterns that lead to injury. Most of the time, these running injuries are self-inflicted due to a person’s desire to reach new goals, try new gear, or change their form based on advice from a magazine or YouTube. Here are the top five reasons why runners get injured and have to see a physical therapist, and my recommendations to avoid injury:
Runners typically come to us after an injury has occurred, but preventative visits can ensure you aren’t experiencing imbalances that lead to muscle tension or loss in range of motion. Visiting someone you trust on a quarterly basis can detect faulty mechanics early on and keep you running at peak performance.