If you’re a runner, you might not be aware of your mistakes until you get injured. No matter how many running accomplishments you get, it’s important to be aware of the things you might be overseeing. To prevent running injuries, it’s best to learn the common mistakes runners make. This way you can avoid them as much as possible.
Here are 5 of the common running mistakes you might be doing all along:
1. Running Asymmetrically
An asymmetrical running pattern is when you land harder on one side than the other. It could indicate an inherent mechanical flaw of running style that can result in pain. Unbalanced running can affect your hips and back on your one side. This can potentially cause joint pain and unbalanced muscle movement.
2. Collapsing Knee Inward while Running
Many runners often experience problem of the knees, which collapse inward when they run. It may be because the gluteus muscles are weak. When you run, your knees should be kept in alignment with your hips. If your hip muscles are weak and unable to support your bodyweight, your knees will suffer, causing them to bow inward.
3. Running Style You’re Unaccustomed to
Runners can be either rear-foot runners or forefoot runners. Forefoot runners tend to strike the ground harder with their forefeet. On the other hand, rear-foot runners strike the ground harder with their heel. One running style is not necessarily better than the other. But the impact forces may be different between these two running styles. Shifting to a different running style can result in strains, pains, and injury.
4. Overstriding and Overswinging
Overstriding happens when you’re taking steps that are too big for your body size. You may think that a longer stride will increase your speed or running efficiency, but that’s not the case. It can waste your energy because it means you’re breaking with each foot strike. Overstriding can lead to back pain, and shin splints.
On the other hand, overswinging your arm further back than the other can lead to spinal misalignment while running. This too can also cause back pain.
5. Not Knowing Your Foot Type
Not all people are gifted with great arches. So it’s possible that you can be wearing shoes that are not right for your foot type. Wearing the wrong type of shoes can cause pain – from your feet and possibly up to your back. It can affect your running gait as well.
A running guru at Happy Physio can evaluate your foot type. When it is determined that you’re an overpronator, underpronator, or neutral runner, you may be recommended with shoes that are right for you.
Fortunately, these common running mistakes can be solved if you see a physiotherapist. Just like any sport, good running takes proper techniques and practice. To get the most out of your training, find a professional, such as a Perth physiotherapist, who understands running to help you improve your technique and prevent injuries.
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