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There are so many myths floating around when it comes to injury prevention and running best practice that it can be hard to know

Posted May 17 2013 12:00am
By
Ross
Posted in: Featured , Kit Reviews

There are so many myths floating around when it comes to injury prevention and running best practice that it can be hard to know which advice to follow. I myself have heard so much conflicting convincing evidence regarding different running styles, techniques, diet and remedies over the years that I have built up a bank of questions that I have been saving up for a sports injury specialist to answer. Thankfully BUPA kindly offered to pass a few of my questions to one of their top physiotherapists and they have succeeded in clearing up some of the burning issues that I have been wanting to address for a while.

Which running style/shoes are better? Conventional running shoes specific to your gait or natural “minimalist” shoes with a forefoot strike?
There is not sufficient data at this time to conclude that there is a ‘best’ way to run or shoe to wear.  What is clear is that wearing a different shoe or running with a different technique will load the human body in a different way – and it should be remembered that running injury and tissue stress can occur whilst wearing any shoe or running with any technique.  There is such variation throughout the human race, however, that it is reasonable to conclude that there will never be one thing that is best for all of the people all of the time.  At this stage the best we can do is use our current understanding of the biomechanics of a given individual and try to advise on what may be ‘best’ for them to allow their tissues to be loaded within their zones of optimal stress rather than outside of them.

Are there any super foods that can do wonders for your training and recovery?
Beetroot Juice: Rich in potassium, antioxidants and folic acid, beetroot was found to lower blood pressure. Also nitric is converted into nitric oxide in the body, which has a “double whammy” effect: it widens blood vessels, increasing blood flow; and it reduces the oxygen needed by muscles, enabling them to work more efficiently.

What is the most exciting thing that is happening In the world of endurance medicine/treatment at the moment?
At Bupa we like to work towards prevention of injuries and maximizing performance and we have thorough run and bike checks for anyone to gain a greater understanding of their own body. This includes treadmill video analysis and force plate analysis. During the Run Check, our experts will assess your flexibility, joint mobility, strength and core stability, then devise an individual programme to condition your body depending on your weaknesses.

What is the one thing that all runners get wrong when it comes to looking after themselves?
Seeking advice early. With an acute injury it’s more likely with time it will settle. However with running repetitive strains can take a while to manifest, but take even longer to heal. Listen to the little niggles and ensure to get an early assessment from a physiotherapist who can guide you effectively towards management and returning to training.

What is your top tip for experienced runners?
Running is a repetitive activity which can make some muscles tight and some weaker depending on your training schedule and running technique. Make sure that some time is set aside each week to stretch areas which are stiff and work your core abdominal and hip muscles to ensure good muscle balance.

What is the most exciting thing that is happening In the world of endurance medicine/treatment at the moment?
At Bupa we like to work towards prevention of injuries and maximizing performance and we have thorough run and bike checks for anyone to gain a greater understanding of their own body. This includes treadmill video analysis and force plate analysis. During the Run Check, our experts will assess your flexibility, joint mobility, strength and core stability, then devise an individual programme to condition your body depending on your weaknesses.

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