I just finished up my winter run with my son and my dog.
While I was running I started thinking about the number one mistake that run leaders make with their clients when it comes to running injuries.
I will get to the number one mistake, but first let me give you a little background.
#1 Running Injury Mistake Run Leaders Make
Make Sure You do This in Order to Avoid Running Injuries
I make sure I do all kinds of running routes and always change my route.
It can be an out and back.
It can be a counter-clockwise loop.
It can be a clockwise loop.
The reason I end up doing this is, wherever you run it doesn’t really matter if it’s sidewalk, road, gravel, bark mulch, in a park; all of the surfaces are angled.
You might not see the slope, but when put a level on the ground, all the surfaces are sloped (canted) in one direction. This is so that the water can roll down and move off the surfaces when it rains.
How This Mistake Can Lead to More Running Injuries in Your Clients
How does this end up effecting you when you run? It is almost like you have to create a leg length discrepancy when you’re running so with that canted surface (sloped) it ends up changing the length in one of the legs, elevating one of the legs and lowering the other leg; which ends up effecting your pelvis.
One side of your pelvis ends up being higher, the other side ends up being lower. This ends up putting undue stress on different parts of the lower body, for example the knees.
It ends up putting lots of stress when it comes to the back, this change in stress increases the risk of injury in the knee and the risk of injury when it comes to the lower back. Plus, this increased stress also leads to muscular imbalances in the lower body and in the lower back.
This is the number one mistake I see run leaders make: They end up doing the same route over and over again. They don’t end up changing the type of run route they do (out and back, or clockwise or counter-clockwise loops).
You’ve got to always change the route that you end up doing so that you minimize this leg length discrepancy due too the surfaces that you are running on.
Don’t be like all the other run leaders and keep your runners injury-free by following this one tip.
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Rick Kaselj, MS