How do I stop getting injured so frequently?
Every runner will eventually ask themselves this question at some point during their training cycle. And with the annual injury rate around 75% according to some sources, it’s a very relevant question.
Injuries are the bane of good training and prevent the consistency that’s needed for continued improvement.
Recently I polled my readers and asked what topics you’d like me to cover. Here are a few:
How do I prevent injuries?!
What’s a good strength training routine for women that can be used with my running schedule?
I want to know more about soft tissue injury prevention.
How do I deal with aches and pains that feel like they may become injuries?
Injury prevention – it seems like as soon as I take care of one, another one pops up!
Indeed, injury prevention is the #1 running question that readers ask about.
Injury Prevention with Coach Jeff Gaudette
To discuss these issues and help answer your questions, I sat down with Jeff Gaudette, owner and head coach at Runners Connect and a former professional runner for the Hansons-Brooks team.
As an Olympic Trials qualifier in both the 10k and marathon, he has personal bests of 28:46 and 2:22:02 respectively.
He’s been coaching runners for eight years and is the creator of the Strength Training for Runners program.
In our interview, Jeff shares his injury-prone past and how he was able to finally break the injury cycle. Here’s what we cover:
- Injuries vs. mild pain (3:45)
- The “injury cycle” (6:20)
- How to prevent injuries when you’re already healthy (9:20)
- The causes and treatments for IT Band Syndrome (14:10)
- Why a strong foundation is crucial before you build your house (20:00)
- Lightning round! Ice baths, kinesio tape, static stretching, and custom orthotics – do they work? (20:50)
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Topics, links, and resources from my conversation with Jeff:
- Runners Connect
- ITB Rehab Routine
- Strength Training for Runners (his comprehensive strength program to prevent injuries)
- Building your foundation, or “chassis“
- The benefits of ice baths
Thank you to Jeff for sharing his expertise, experience, and coaching wisdom! It’s illuminating to hear his prevention strategies after such high-level running experience.
Now over to you: what injury questions do you have? Leave them in the comments and I’ll reply to each one.
PS. I’m honored to be named a Top Running & Strength Training Blog for 2013 by Greatist and flattered to be in such good company!
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