Category: Running Injury Information
Pain in the heel? By Campbell Hanson Pain in the back of the heel that won’t go away? Stiff and sore in the morning? Limping after you have been sitting for a while? If this sounds like you or someone you know – read on. You might have an Achilles tendinopathy…. The Achilles tendon joins [...]
Following on from their successful first collaboration in London just after the Olympics, triathlon training camp specialists Tri Dynamic have teamed up once again with Elite ‘Dsquad’ Coach Darren Smith. This time they will be heading back to Darren Smith’s native Australia to organise another high quality, high attention triathlon camp open to age group [...]
At Trizone we have been following Dr’s Ross Tucker and Jonathan Dugas of The Science of Sport for sometime. These guys put together some of the most fascinating research articles. In this article Ross discusses whether shoes actually cause injury or not.
Thrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips…the $20 billion running – shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we’ve been told about running shoes is wrong – and that it might even be better to go barefoot…
Definition: Inflammation of the muscle attachments and interosseous membranes to the tibia (shin bone) on the inside of the front of the lower leg. Note: “shin splints” is a very widely used phrase and can refer to several lower leg injuries. The focus of this description is specifically on the inflammation described above.
Definition: An inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot which runs from the heel to the base of the toes. When placed under too much stress, the plantar fascia stretches too far and tears, resulting in inflammation of the fascia and the surrounding tissues. The tears are soon covered with scar tissue, which is less flexible than the fascia and only aggravates the problem.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome – ITB
Definition: Pain and inflammation on the outside of the knee, where the iliotibial band (a muscle on the outside of the thigh) becomes tendinous, and results in a friction syndrome by rubbing against the femur (thigh bone) as it runs alongside the knee joint.
Runner’s knee – chondromalacia
Definition: A softening or wearing away and cracking of the cartilage under the kneecap, resulting in pain and inflammation. The cartilage becomes like sandpaper because the kneecap is not riding smoothly over the knee.
As triathletes we place a heavy load on our bodies often not having the luxury of recovery time enjoyed by athletes training for a single discipline. Of all the activities we take part in it is running that places by far the greatest strain on our muscles, tendons and joints. Teri Burgess, Physiotherapist has named the five most common running injuries “The Big Five”.