Track and Field Injuries

August 9, 2015 | By | Reply

Many track and field injuries can be prevented by increasing the level of awareness and knowledge among runners, parents and coaches. Approximately 50 percent of track and field athletes suffer from some sort of injury, most of which are over-use injuries.

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Of all injuries encountered, muscle strains and ligament sprains are the most common track and field injuries.

Other common injuries are:

  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis (pain on the bottom of the foot)
  • Runner’s knee
  • Muscle strain to the quadriceps (front of thighs), hamstrings (back of thighs), hip abductors (groin) and hip flexor (front of hip)
  • I-T band syndrome
  • Scrapes and burns from falling
  • Blisters

Common causes for running injuries:

  • Too much too soon
  • Overtraining
  • Inadequate recovery
  • Strength and flexibility imbalances
  • Improper or worn- out shoes
  • Poor running surface

Injury Prevention:

  • Follow a sensible training program which incorporates appropriate rest
  • Listen to your body
  • Proper warm up and cool down should be a part of your training routine
  • Strengthen muscles specific to running
  • Stretch thoroughly after running
  • Apply cold water or ice when appropriate
  • Always consult a physiotherapist for screening of injuries

We at PHYSIOREHAB can help you identify your risk of potential injuries and will suggest strategies to prevent them based on a detailed analysis to suit your body. We are adept with managing sport injuries based on current evidence based research. Get in touch with us for your detailed evaluation and sport specific rehabilitation.

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