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“There’s No Age Limit To Consistent Activity!” RUN INJURY FREE
We all know that running is great exercise for our bodies, but often people stop due to knee or lower leg pain. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Over 50 million Americans deal with some sort of knee trouble, as the knees are the second most commonly injured joint, the first being the joints in the spine.Therefore, it is essential to know what you can do to prevent knee troubles from even starting. Almost all knee and leg pain can be attributed to the following issues: • Poor muscular strength • An imbalance of flexibility and muscle strength • Lack of flexibility in hip, knee, or ankle • Poor biomechanics of walking/running Common injurieswith runningorexercising: • Patellofemoral pain • Meniscus tears and pain • Ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) • Osteoarthritis • Shin splints • Hamstring pulls • Achilles tendonitis Don’t push through pain While feeling a muscle burn is a normal part of exercising, feeling pain is not. It is not normal to have sharp pain during regular exercise and one should not push through this. Make sure you are doing an adequate active warm up prior to exercise as muscles and tissues require internal lubrication to work properly. Warming up brings natural fluids to the area to help increase range of motion and to improve elasticity. Lastly, be sure to stretch after exercise to help maintain and gain flexibility.
“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you!” -Fred DeVito
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