Not too long ago, there was an article in the Army Times that highlighted the fact that many service members suffer from running injuries. I had to look up a couple of these injuries. I know I’m getting redundant posting running articles, but I find that I always need improvement in running.
You may think that running is the easiest form of exercise because the technique is just to allow each of your feet to rapidly touch the ground alternately. Think again. Since running requires a fast movement, a running athlete is prone to injuries. Here are the most common injuries in running and its effective prevention method. (ughh… sounding like a TM, huh?)

Runner’s Knee
Runner’s Knee is also known as (ITBS) Iliotibial Band Syndrome. Runners knee is experienced when an athlete stresses too much in the exercise. You can feel a sudden feeling of soreness felt within the legs because of wrong stretching technique before the sports event or choosing the wrong sports gear – or ill fitting military gear. You can take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), massage and use cold therapy would lessen the pain. By NSAID, I do mean Ibuprofen, AKA Ranger Candy, AKA the MF IAM (military fix it all medication).

Shin Splints
Just like Runners knee, shin splints is an injury felt by an athlete, or in this case service member, in his legs as a result of overtraining, wearing the wrong running shoes and poor flexibility. Cold therapy, massage technique and medication of NSAID also cure Shin Splints together with an ample amount of rest. Yes, the same stuff that they tell you at sick-call PLUS rest.

3. Achilles tendonitis or Achilles Tendinopathy is a result of putting too much pressure on the tendons thus allowing the muscles to work beyond its endurance. It is also cause by rapid changes in the distance and speed in an athlete’s exercise with weak joints and wearing the wrong shoes. Similar to Runners knee and shin splints, Achilles tendonitis can be cure by massage, cold therapy and NSAID, for chronic condition, however surgery is adviced.

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