Unfortunately, injuries do
plague us from time to time and it does cause havoc with our
training. I have been fortunate in my years of running that the
injuries I have had, have not been too serious as to prevent me from
starting and finishing a race. This is mainly thanks to my
incredible ‘support team’ at the Sport Injuries Clinic at the
University of Cape Town headed up by Helene Simpson.
injuries to fall into one of 4
Injuries related to running
surfaces and conditions eg. Camber, downhill running, trail running
Injuries caused by wearing the incorrect shoes. See my page
on good shoes
Over doing it on a run when there is no need to!
A totally unrelated injury ie. slipping on a floor, stepping into a pot
Some basic injury advice:
- You can't run an injury away!
They don't just get better.
- Have niggles seen to when they
are just that, niggles
- When do I apply HEAT and when
do I apply ICE? The simple rule of thumb is
this. Apply heat before (that is, literally warming up the
before use) and ICE after exercise.
- When dealing with an injury,
remember the RICE
R = Rest
I = Ice
C = Compression
E = Elevation
- To prevent injury, warm up or stretch before training
I will share my injury
experiences with you in the hope that you will learn something from
them. So here goes . . .
My hamstring injuries
A Bust gut (hernia)
(or manage the damage)
I asked my friend Gail
Mclellan, a fellow alsoran runner, to put pen to paper and write about
her injuries and how she has managed to overcome them. What follows is
a very interesting perspective to managing and dealing with injuries.
Running Injuries: my coping mechanism
Key words: running,
hamstring, ankle, quad, injuries, hernia
Internal links: good
External links: Official Comrades Marathon website