Running often means dealing with injuries, but what is it that actually causes these injuries?
Running often means dealing with injuries, but what is it that actually causes these injuries? The truth is that there is no correlation between the position of your body while running and how likely you are to get injured. Read the full post to learn more!
Should you hold your body a certain way when you run?
The human body is a complex machine, and the way we move it has an effect on how it operates. This is true for runners as well, and it’s not surprising that runners deal with a lot of injuries. After all, there’s a lot of pressure placed on our bodies as we run.
In fact, a variety of factors determine how a runner’s body reacts to the movement and forces it endures. The mechanics involved in running include kinematics, kinetics, and biomaterials. All three of these have an effect on running injuries.
Kinetics are defined as “forces that act on a body or part of a body.” As you run, forces push your joints, muscles, and bones in different directions. This could lead to inflammation or problems with your joints.
Biomaterials are what your body uses for protection. They’re the muscles, tissues, and other substances that make up a runner’s body and shield it from injury. The quality of these biomaterials will determine how susceptible you are to damage or inflammation when running.
Kinematics refers to how your body moves while running. When you run, your foot lands on the ground then pushes off in order to propel yourself forward again. This can happen in various ways – heel-toe striking, mid-foot striking, or forefoot striking, for example. And up until recently, it was common to assume these also had an impact on your chances to get hurt while running.
This assumption was tested in a recent study, and the results were surprising: Seems there’s no real correlation between biomechanics and injury rates. In fact, it doesn’t look like the way you’re running (or how you hold your body as you do) is related to your chances of injury, at all.
This is a really interesting issue because it demonstrates how human bodies don’t always react the same when we do the same thing. When it comes to running, there are other factors that have a much more significant impact on injury rates. For example, the runner’s age and weight may have a significant impact – especially as our biomaterial protection does deteriorate for many older or heavier people. Other possible factors could be your nutrition, the amount of support you have, your level of experience running, your surface conditions or terrain, and how gradually you’re building up speed and distance.
So should you hold your body in any particular position while running? The answer is: not really. What may help reduce your chance of injury is to train gradually, eat well, make sure you get good support and run on even terrains to minimize risk.