1. Achilles Tendonitis
Once you start trying to improve for a competition or a race there is always a danger of an injury occurring caused by training.
Types of Injuries
There are two major injury types. They are: acute injuries and overuse injuries.
Acute injuries occur suddenly and are the result of a rapid increase in stress on a body system. Something happens where a part of the body (like a muscle) is put under a great deal of stress for a short period of time and it suffers an injury.
Overuse injuries on the other hand are caused by a gradual breakdown in the system you are using. Training breaks it down and not enough time is allowed for recovery. Each time after that, it breaks down some more. Eventually it fails. This can occur in all of the same areas as chronic injuries. A major cause is imbalance between the two sides of the body. One side under more stress than the otherand eventually it gives way.
Combinations of the two are also
possible. Overuse can create a weaker system which can be
put under acute stress. Runners should constantly be on
the look-out for any messages from their body.
Common Injuries for Runners
Causes of Injuries
One of the most common causes of injury
is a large change in the current activity you are doing.
Any change can stress your body's systems and should be
taken with care. Some changes are:
Other factors which can contribute to
Remember with any injury a doctor (especially specialising in Sports) will give the best advice.
Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
-Fariyal Samson, B.PE, B.Ed