Running for good health or competition may appear like a uncomplicated exercise, yet up to half of all runners might get some kind of injury every year. That injury may be relatively minor and they run through it until it improves or it may be significant enough for them to have to cease running. The most common reason for these injuries is that they just over did the distances ran. They ran too much before the body is given time to adapt or get used to the miles being run. Every time that a load is applied to the body it is important to give it a rest before applying another load by going for another run. If too much load is applied before recuperation from a previous workout, any damage get exacerbated and this may progress into an injury. Rest is equally as essential as the training runs and that is how fitness and strength is increased and is also how an injury is avoided.
As well as the too much too soon situation, biomechanics also plays a role. This is the way that we run and different runners do it differently. Different running techniques will affect different tissues in a different way and affect some tissues too much, so that when running that might be enough to result in . For example, disorders like medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints) can occur when the width between the foot placement when running is too narrow. Those with this condition can benefit from running with a wider base of gait. Another frequent biomechanical problem in runners can be tight calf muscles. When running this causes the arch of the foot to collapse or flatten and may result in a numerous conditions such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis to runners knee. These runners may benefit the most from a calf muscle stretching program. The treatment of running injuries depends on the cause and really should be directed at the cause, whether its biomechanics to training load concerns.