What is the deal with running shoes?
Some recent research on Running Injuries from Luxembourg has some very interesting findings. During this 22 week study, they followed 264 recreational runners. One group of 116 runners ran in the same shoe 91% of the time and the other group of 148 runners ran in the same shoe only 58% of the time. This 2nd group rotated on average 3.6 pairs of shoes. And guess what?
The second group had 39% lower risk of injury as compared to the first group over the course of the same 22 week training. THEREFORE, rotating multiple pairs of shoes can help to reduce your injury risk.
These authors also reported that cross training resulted in 25% reduced risk of injury. Runners who spend more time in other sports, but still maintain their weekly mileage over fewer running days, will have a decreased risk of injuries. THEREFORE, you should make cross training, especially strength training, part of your weekly workout schedule.
Finally, much research suggests if you have recently recovered from a previous running related injury, the risk of sustaining another injury increases by 72%. THEREFORE, it is critical the cause of your injury be determined and resolved. Just reducing your pain is often times not good enough.
Finding the cause of your injury can be a very complex problem. But do not ignore the clear evidence. Multiple pairs of shoes, improving muscular strength and engaging in cross training activities are all important aspects of an injury prevention program.
Try these tips and run strong!
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