Why do running injuries happen? (and how to prevent them)

Over the years, I’ve surveyed tens of thousands of runners. And it’s not surprising that the #1 goal is to always run injury-free.

That’s because injuries are direct obstacles to you achieving your goals. In every way, they limit your performance.

If you’re hurt:

  • You can’t run. If you can’t run, then you can’t get in great shape to run fast.
  • You’re not developing skills. With no drills, strides, or workouts, you’re not developing athleticism.
  • You can’t race. If you can’t race, then you can’t develop mental toughness and resilience.

Therefore, injury prevention must be a top goal for every runner.

Take it seriously. Work tirelessly to stay healthy – so you can race faster, train more consistently, and find more joy in running.

As a first step, get our free injury prevention email series. I’ll show you the value of healthy running, strength routines, and a lot more.

Injury Prevention 101 Infographic

I’ve also commissioned work on a visual guide to preventing running injuries.

We learn in different ways so instead of a video or text article, this is a fun way to understand the basics of prevention.

Click the image below to see the full-size version. And feel free to embed it on your blog!

Injury Prevention Infographic

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For more detail, sign up here for a multi-part injury prevention course. I think it will be a big turning point in your running career.

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Comments

  1. Dolf van Asbeck says:

    If you enjoy running, pay attention to this guy.

  2. Nikhil Navalkar says:

    Hi Jason,
    Thanks for your wonderful insights & articles on running & injury prevention. I am 60 years old. Though I have always been into fitness & exercise since my teens, I started serious running at the age of 51. I have completed around 20 half marathons & 7 full marathons, including Chicago, Athens & Toronto.
    In Aug. 14, I suffered a slip disc, which put me out for almost 2 months. After resuming running again, I suffered a recurrence of the slip disc in Dec. 15, which set me back again by 3 months. Although I resumed training in March this year, I still experience frequent lower back spasms & stiffness. I am training for a half marathon in August.
    Ever since my back problems, my running pace has decreased significantly, from 5.30 min per km to over 6 min. per km. Even though I stretch a lot both before n after my workouts, which include core strengthening & resistance training, I find that due to the stiffness in my lower back & legs, I am unable to get back to my former timing.
    I would appreciate some advice from you about how I can run pain & injury free, while also increasing my pace .
    Thanks a lot.
    Regards,
    Nikhil Navalkar

  3. @Jason, love the advice about preventing running injuries, also you advice about switching your running shoes to prevent future injuries. Lastly, the best advice is if injury then REST from running is the best treatment.

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