Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 31, 2007 -- Avoiding sports injuries when training for marathons is vital if you want to achieve a good personal time and in some cases guarantee you make the starting lineup. 26 miles is a long way to run and as all distance runners will be aware, requires much hard work with regular runs over long distances.
The season for running injuries will soon be upon us as we get closer to the London Marathon. The closer we get to the race date, the more the training distance is increased and overuse injuries are developed.
Novice runners tend to follow training plans from running magazines and articles and can soon run into trouble. Imagine an article in a national magazine being followed by 1000 novice runners. A problem can occur when the programme advises you increase the distance of your training at a certain point. Firstly not all runners will have begun the training with the same ability or fitness levels and when asked to step up the distance may not be ready for it. This can result in injuries and is a common cause of frustration in novice runners.
Distance running advice will normally state that a certain training regime is a guideline and will be suitable for many runners but solid advice is to listen to your body. If you try and rush things during your marathon preparation then you may suffer the consequences.
Beware of running continually on the same road camber as this can lead to undue stress on the lower limbs and result in tendonitis, shinsplints and iliotibial band soreness. Change sides of the road if possible to ensure a balance is maintained.
Blisters can be a nightmare for some runners and are very painful. They can prevent you finishing or at least slow you down significantly. Blisters are simple to avoid as they are a problem of friction. Basically something is rubbing and you need to prevent the friction. An easy way to solve it is to apply Vaseline over the affected area which will stop the friction and allow the two offending structures to slip over each other thus preventing the friction burn and ultimate blister.
Many runners rub Vaseline over their nipples to prevent them from rubbing on the running vest which really helps. Where you are likely to get something rubbing against your skin then smear a little Vaseline and you will make it all the way without discomfort.
For those of you that pick up injuries during your training, please seek help before it gets too chronic. The rule of thumb is, the longer you have had the problem, the longer it takes to fix.! Atlas Pain Relief Centre have Sports Injury Clinics in both Tamworth, Staffordshire and Solihull, Birmingham, West Midlands and host experienced sports physiotherapists who actually run distance races themselves.
Sports Injury advice and training advice is available with swift sports injury treatment if you need it. Use the experts who understand biomechanics and soft tissue injuries and get advice on orthotics if you are a pronator and have over pronated feet resulting in dropped arches. This can lead to many injuries for the distance runner.
Running injury help can be obtained by contacting John Williams at Atlas Pain Relief Centre on 01827 59943 or visiting the website www.solihullsportsinjuryclinic.co.uk