Sports Injuries

Common Runner Injuries


As a running athlete, training is important for strengthening the muscles and building stamina, as well as improving overall fitness but, overworking the body can carry negative complications. An estimated nearly 80 percent of runners are injured each year, most of these injuries are caused by constant pressure on the muscles for an extended period of time. The 5 most frequent types of running injuries mainly involve the legs and feet.

Hamstring Muscle Tear

The hamstring muscles are a large group of muscles found on the back of the thigh. These function by stretching the hip joints and bending the knee joints. The hamstring is considerably used while running. A muscle tear can occur due to overuse, not warming up before any physical activity, or stretching the muscles beyond their range of motion. The severity of a hamstring injury ranges from a minor tear with mild pain, discomfort, and tightness, to a severe tear where the muscle has been significantly or completely torn, causing severe pain, discomfort, considerable swelling, bruising, and limited mobility.

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ACL Injury

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An anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, a tear is recognized as one of the most common types of knee injuries, occurring during high-demand sports where quick movements of the legs are most frequent. An ACL injury can result in numerous ways, although mostly in non-contact-related injuries. Incorrectly landing from a jump or stopping abruptly from a run can cause the ligament to tear. Studies have shown that female athletes have a higher rate of experiencing an anterior cruciate ligament tear than men.

Shin Splints

Shin splint is a medical term to characterize various symptoms located along the tibia, shin bone, and the local muscles. Shin splints form when the muscle and bone tissue in the leg become overworked by constant and repetitive activity. Excessive high-impact exercises, like those common while running, add stress to the tibia, developing shin splints and its familiar symptoms of pain.

Quadratus Lumborum Muscle Pain

Muscle strains, such as a quadratus lumborum muscle strain, may be a leading cause of the well-known symptoms of pain and discomfort while performing physical activity. The quadratus lumborum is a large, triangular-shaped muscle located deep on each side of the lower back. The thick muscular tissue allows movement of the lumbar spine and torso to move laterally from side to side, extending and stabilizing the lower spine and posture. The symptoms of this type of injury range from mild to severe, including different grades of restricted mobility and a burning sensation in the muscles.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick cord of connective tissue located along the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel and connects to the base of the toes. The fascia functions as a cushion to support the arch of the foot. When tension builds up on the fascia from overexertion, small tears develop on the band of tissue resulting in irritation that causes inflammation and pain, known as plantar fasciitis.

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