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Jogging isn't a Walk in the Park

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Forrest Gump may have kept running (...and running) without ever a hint of injury, but in the real world, joggers get jacked up often. The usual suspects: shin splints, stress fractures, pulled muscles, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and hip and back issues.

Take steps to keep pain and injury at bay:

  • Wear running shoes, and invest in a new pair every 400 miles.
  • Perform a training program designed specifically for runners, including movement prep before each run and regeneration afterward.
  • Mix up your route and surface. Seek out a track when possible. The surface is softer than pavement, and you won't have to worry about tripping on debris.
  • Focus on form. Run tall, landing with your feet beneath your hips, keeping your elbows close to your body, and your shoulders back..

If you've been struck by injury in the past, or you're looking for more protection, check out the tips and training strategies in these articles:

Shin Splints




Stress Fractures




Calf Muscle Strain




Ankle Sprains




Plantar Faciitis




Knee Pain




Hip Injuries




Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome




Runner's Toe

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Injury, Pain, Injury Prevention, Regeneration, Outdoor Recreation, Prehab, Running