Marathons and Physiotherapy

 

Marathons and Physiotherapy

Competing in a marathon, a full 26.2 miles, is one of the toughest endurance test that can be undertaken. The strain involved in training for this trial is infamous for its intensity.

Even if the marathon you plan to run is a while off, it’s always a good idea to begin your training as soon as possible. Due to the gruelling nature of a marathon it cannot be undertaken without serious consideration for the toll it will put on your body; including causing lasting injuries.

A few common injuries sustained by distance runners include:

Runners Knee – Usually caused by overuse this pain is caused by the underside of the Patella (Kneecap) rubbing against the femur. This condition can also be caused by an unusual running stance or improper footwear.

Stress Fractures – The demands of distance running put heavy strain on the skeleton. This can cause tiny fractures to form in the bones of the legs. These fractures are extremely painful.

Muscle Injuries- Straining a muscle can be a painful and debilitating injury to have. Caused by overloading or stretching a muscle beyond its limits, any muscle is susceptible to this type of injury.

How can physiotherapy help?

While the professionals have entire teams of people ready and willing to help them prepare for and recover from intense training and sustained injuries including nutritionists, massage therapists and doctors, your average marathon runner does not. However, this doesn’t mean that they cannot benefit from a physiotherapist; taking a visit to your local Total Physiotherapy branch could give you the expert hand you need to succeed in your training.

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