Prevent running injuries
Train like a superhero - with a little help from research and best practice-based exercises developed by our team of doctors. Plus, be a part of a ground-breaking study into the effects of prehab for running.Read on for prehab program info, our research, sample exercises and tips for runners.
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For the 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon, Injurymap has teamed up with Sparta to bring you a new program specifically designed with runners increasing their training volume in the lead-up to events.
As a runner, you are at a 41% risk of suffering an injury during marathon training, according to studies1. Not only are our strengthening exercises designed to help you rehabilitate any existing injuries, our running-specific injury- prehab program is also at your fingertips.
Injurymap and Sparta team up with the Sports Innovation Lab to gather evidence
Specific strengthening and stretching exercises can help you dodge a bullet, as you increase your training volume, we believe. So we’ve teamed up with leading Danish running club Sparta and the Danish Sports Innovation Lab to test the effect of pre-emptive training on the risk of running injuries during increased training load.
By taking part in our program, you’ll not only learn great ways to strengthen your body for running but will also be helping us remedy a lack of research into the effects of pre-emptive training and strength-building exercises. (Beyond a few randomized, control trials2, this area has remained very unexplored – until now!)
Our program for runners was developed in collaboration between Sparta’s physiotherapist Casper Abenth and two experts of sports medicine, Finn Johannsen and Pierre Schydlowsky. The program is part of a series of initiatives designed to collect more data on how to prevent running injuries and contribute to this area of sports research.
Examples of pre-emptive exercises
In order to provide a taster of the pre-emptive exercises available in the Injurymap marathon training program, we have outlined a few of them below.
The purpose of these exercises is to strengthen and mobilize your joints and muscles in order to reduce the risk of injuries from running before they can happen.
In addition to the variety of exercises on offer, the Injurymap app also works by dynamically structuring the training program around the specific situation and individual needs of each user.
Three tips for preventing running injuries
1: Exercise with Injurymap
The purpose of preventative exercise is to ensure that your body can handle the joint stresses and muscle strains that typically occur during running, so that you are strong and flexible enough to adopt a good running technique – one that will lessen the likelihood of wear and tear and/or accidents. Injurymap’s injury prevention program is designed to guide you through the training process, allowing you to gradually build up strength and mobilize your joints and muscles in an optimal way.
Ideally, athletes should aim to complete three Injurymap training sessions per week. To help you achieve this goal, it is a good idea to combine your Injurymap training sessions with your existing training routine. So, for example, you could try using Injurymap every time you finish a training run as a way of cooling down properly.
2: Progress your training conservatively
Be careful not to increase the intensity of your training regime by more than 10% from week to week, both in terms of running distance and tempo. Staying within this limit will prevent you from ‘overdoing it’, which will, in turn, reduce the likelihood of sustaining any running related injuries.
3: Perfect your Technique
Perfecting your running gait is really important if you want to avoid injury. Focus on keeping your body upright and straighten your back when you run.
In addition, be sure to maintain a high cadence (your steps per minute ratio). Ideally, you should take between 170-180 steps per minute when you run. Low cadence running means that you take fewer steps to cover the same distance. This results in your feet spending more time in the air which, in turn, puts a greater load on your joints and muscles every time you take a step. Conversely, high cadence running minimizes the amount of time your feet are in the air, thus resulting in a lower risk of exertion when you run.
Please note: Unlike the rest of Injurymap, the exercises in this particular program are not based on scientific evidence (as it does not yet exist). It is therefore recommended that you seek medical advice before starting any training program in order to ensure that it is safe to do so.