It probably doesn’t come to you as a big surprise that I’ve decided to look more into common running injuries after my epic Saturday fall down the stairs. Even though it wasn’t a running injury, hurting myself made me realize how little I know about how to deal with injuries and how to prevent them. Somehow we always hear about others getting hurt and yet always assume that it won’t happen to us.
So far my way of dealing with the injury was trying to change up my workout routine with a 20-minute arm workout, Yoga, and a 60-minute HIIT/Tabata training session; I want to wait on running to avoid injuring myself even further. *We have to honor our bodies first and foremost!*
However, soon I will be starting to train seriously for the Spartan Trifecta; therefore, I want to prevent getting hurt again as much as I can. First of all, I don’t want to be in pain. *DAH!* But also, I don’t want to be depressed! Yes, you heard it right, DEPRESSED, because it’s really hard on you emotionally when you can’t exercise due to an unforeseen injury. Am I alone?!
During my search, I came across this picture on Pinterest. I think, it is a great summary just to familiarize ourselves with basics.
It is really well done, don’t you think?!
There are few more things, however, that I would like to add to the list:
- Cross Train: to give your body a break and to prevent overuse injuries.
- Progress Slowly: technically, we shouldn’t increase our weekly mileage by more than 10% at a time.
- Strength Train & Stretch Regularly: not only it helps you to avoid injuries, but also improves your overall performance *BINGO!*
- Rest: give your body time to recover.
What are your thoughts on that? What do you do in order to prevent any sports-related injuries?