When it comes to running injuries I think most runners would rather avoid an injury altogether rather than try to heal one after it’s occurred. I have an upcoming article with more than a dozen tips on avoiding running injuries, but here’s just one of them to get you started.
Move out of plane a lot
This is similar to “Cross-Training” but a bit more specific. Running is very linear. We tend to go one direction; forward. We need to break out of this plane of forward movement because it will move joints in directions and to degrees that they don’t normally see. Muscles will work in directions they’re not accustomed to (and should be), and the “software” in our central nervous system that manages our movement will be more robust and able to handle any movement situation.
How should we go about this? Well, here’s the good news. Moving out of plane can be a lot of fun an dthere are a number of ways to accomplish it. Play pickup basketball. Take a dance class, a basic gymnastics, or tumbling classes. Parcour. Ultimate frisbee. The options are pretty much endless. Most ball and team sports are a great option but you can get creative and pick based on your interests.
So go out there and be a well-rounded athlete. It likely will make you a better runner and keep running injuries on the sideline.
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