how do you prevent an injury from popping up during your training cycle?
In order to prevent an injury from derailing your training season, it’s important to know the most common contributing factors that lead to injury so that you can begin addressing them before they have the opportunity to become problematic.
If you want to reduce your risk of injury you need to start working on these contributing risk factors:
Inadequate hip, knee, ankle, and foot mobility
Inadequate spine and pelvic mobility
Weak or poor activation of gluteal muscles
Weak or poor activation of the diaphragm, back extensors, and abdominal wall muscles
Poor postural control
Inability to activate the back, hip, thigh, leg, and foot muscles at the appropriate time in the running sequence
Inadequate single leg stability and dynamic control
Sub-optimal running mechanics such as overstepping or running with a low cadence (step count per minute)
Running too many miles than what your body can handle
Running faster than what your body and fitness can handle
Inappropriate recovery between training sessions
Racing beyond your training level
Poor sleep and nutrition habits