Running, what to avoid, what to look for?

It's coming to that time of year when people yearn to purchase a pair of running shoes and train for upcoming events, through all of the traditional British weathers, which can only be described as joyful.

Running provides many benefits to the human body, providing positive effects physically and psychologically. But among these benefits, are some associated common issues to look out for, such as 'shin splints' and knee pain.... Plus a few more!

There are a few things you can do which will prepare your body to give you the best chance of avoiding some of these common issues.

Firstly, purchase the correct running shoes for your running style and standing foot position. Personally I always recommend high arched shoes such as the Asics Kayanos, due to their advanced arch support and cushioning. Shoes such as these can be purchased from local running shops, which should include a running scan to assess for appropriate shoe types.

Secondly, build your training up slowly, allow your body time to adapt to its demands. Musclular changes can take up to 6-8 weeks in some cases, so be patient.

Thirdly, compliment your running training with an exercise programme, focusing on the muscles predominantly used when running. This is one of the most beneficial ways of avoiding injury! Areas to focus on include your quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, core and lower back. For specific gym programmes, seek advise from a qualified personal trainer or Chartered Physiotherapist.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting information regarding common running injuries, detailing basic pathology and recommended management.