Runners – Prevent Injuries!

Why Runners Need To Strength Train

From the Huffington Post / January 23, 2014

Nearly 70% of all runners become injured every year according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. That’s an astounding statistic. Most of these injuries tend to be common running injuries such as runner’s knee, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, or IT Band syndrome. Runners tend to skip strength training in favor of pursuing the activity they love – running. However, strength training is particularly important for runners. Strength training for just 20 minutes a few times a week can help prevent these injuries, boost recovery, and help athletes reach their full potential. Strength training strengthens the muscles, tendons, and bones in order to fortify any weak areas and prevent common running injuries. Not only does strength training build muscle mass, it decreases body fat, thereby boosting your metabolism and allowing your body to burn more calories. This will, therefore, improve one’s “running economy”, or the ability of your body to recruit less energy to run at a given speed with consistent training. Furthermore, strength training will help to improve performance not only by preventing injuries, but by simply allowing athletes to train harder and longer. So what are you waiting for? Time for some strength training!

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