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I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on injury prevention over the last several weeks. I’ve personally been suffering from a nagging Achilles tendon injury since September and my usual bag of fix tricks doesn’t seem to be working. Recently, I picked up a couple of books and have been doing some deep diving into published research online. I’m unearthing some interesting stuff so I though I’d write up a series of post about my findings.
I have to admit that it’s a little embarrassing to be the coach and have an injury (I’m supposed to know better, right?) but, when you look at the statistics, it’s not all that surprising. There are various percentages thrown around, but they seem to average out to say that, within a calendar year, somewhere between 50-75% of runners suffer from an injury that causes them to cut back significantly, or even pause, their training.
I guess the difference between a coach and the average runner is that I know exactly what I did wrong. In fact, I highly suspected that I was pushing the safety envelop when I was doing it. Just goes to prove that even coaches sometimes need someone to tell them to slow down and take a couple rest days.
The first thing I want to share is a series of video podcast from Running Times magazine. They recently did a great three-part series on a runner being treated for Achilles issues at the University of Virgina’s famed Center for Endurance Sports. UV has an amazing gait analysis lab in which they have a million-dollar treadmill; one of only two in existence. U.S. Army has the other one.
All the videos are well edited and full of interesting tidbits. Click the images to be taken to the video page on RunningTimes.com