Dr Danica Bonello Spiteri, University of Malta.
Since running is a form of exercise that is easily accessible, it is practiced by many people. Running also forms the basis of movement of a large amount of land based sports, especially team sports (football, basketball, hockey, cricket). However, running may also cause injuries, especially in the lower extremities. Various studies have shown the prevalence and incidence of running related injuries to vary from 20-80%. Various risk factors contributing to injuries are also reported. Running biomechanics is still relatively new in the sporting world and there remains lots to be learnt. What is definite is that an incorrect movement, puts undue loading on different areas of the lower extremities, which, over time, will result in breakdown and injuries. Remedies to treat the injury are often dealt with, or else treated through ‘rest’. However, we are often forgetting to look further ahead to try understand as to ‘why did the breakdown/injury occur’. This result in the athlete struggling with more than one injury, or else recurrent injuries, leading to multiple treatments, scans, time off from training, frustration and many end up ‘giving up’
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