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The Lifecycle of Running Injuries: How Strength Training Can Break the Cycle



Running is an exhilarating activity that brings joy and amazing health benefits, but it also comes with the risk of injuries. The lifecycle of running injuries often follows a frustrating pattern: you want to run, you get injured, you seek help, you feel better, but then you repeat the cycle. In this blog, we'll explore the reasons behind this pattern and discuss how incorporating strength training can help prevent these recurring injuries, allowing you to enjoy running for the long haul.


Why do I keep falling into the injury cycle? Well....


· You Want to Run:


o Running is a fantastic way to stay active, boost your mood, and challenge your physical limits. However, many runners jump into their routines

without considering the importance of

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proper preparation, including strength training, to reduce imbalances and weaknesses that may result in injuries down the line.


· You Get Injured:


o Overuse injuries, such as shin splints, IT band syndrome, or knee pain, are common among runners. These injuries often occur due to repetitive strain, poor biomechanics, and muscle imbalances, which can be aggravated by a lack of strength and stability in critical areas of the body.


· You Stop Running:


o In the face of injury, many runners are forced to put their running goals on hold. This period of inactivity can be frustrating and demotivating, leading to the temptation to return to running prematurely without addressing the root causes of the injury or even giving up on running completely.


· You see a PT:


o A common method sought out by many runners is rehab with a PT. A PT can be an invaluable resource and can conduct a comprehensive assessment to identify muscle imbalances, weaknesses, and areas of poor movement mechanics. Through


targeted strength training exercises, mobility work, and corrective techniques, they can address these issues and promote proper running biomechanics to help get you back on the road!


· You Stop Strengthening and Start Running:


o Feeling better and eager to resume running, many individuals make the mistake of discontinuing their strength training routine or reducing its frequency. This lack of maintenance weakens the newly gained strength and increases the risk of falling back into old patterns, leading to a higher likelihood of reinjury. Therefore….


· You Get Injured Again:


o Without ongoing strength training to support your running, the risk of recurring injuries becomes heightened. Muscle imbalances and weaknesses gradually return, and the cycle starts all over again.


Does it feel like I’m talking directly to you? Are you sick of being sidelined by injury? Keep reading!


Breaking the lifecycle of running injuries requires a holistic approach to training and self-care. By incorporating regular strength training into your routine, you can create a foundation of stability, strength, and muscular balance that supports your running endeavors. Remember that running is a lifelong pursuit, and investing in strength training can empower you to enjoy the sport safely and injury-free for years to come. Rather than REhab, let’s focus on PREhab!


Prehab and strength training are essential functions for runners looking to stay injury-free

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and reach peak performance. KMF workouts are tailored to runners and their common, repetitive use injuries which help you reduce the risk of developing them in the first place. With our programming strategies, you can break the cycle and get back on the pavement for good!




Stay healthy,

Kim


**The content in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The author and publisher of this blog post are not liable for any errors or omissions in the content, nor for any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use. Reliance on any information provided by this blog post is solely at your own risk.**

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