Running has become one of the most common forms of physical activity in the world. With its ease of access and low barrier of entry; it can be a community building activity, a personal challenge and most importantly an incredible workout.
It's a sport that most everyone can participate in; all you need is a good pair of shoes (and arguments can be made there) and a little motivation. That being said, running can be extremely hard on your body, especially when you are just starting. We are finding that injuries among runners are very common. For beginners, running form and endurance play a large role in injury rates. From shin splints to muscle strains, no one is immune to getting hurt.
First, what are the most common running injuries?
NOW, how do we avoid and prevent them from happening?!?!
Over the years, CrossFit has had it’s fair share of critics. Many reporting that injuries sustained while engaged in the sport, far outweigh the norm for physical exercise. While these claims have been disputed, and there is evidence to the contrary, injuries still occur.
A 2018 study from Feito et. al, surveyed a total of 3049 CrossFit participants over a four year time period, from 2013-2017. Of the CrossFitters surveyed, 30.5% of them reported having experienced an injury in the previous year due to their training in CrossFit. There wasn’t much in the way of comparability to other sports, nor a comparative to injury rates of an active population. Which is where a 2018 study by Beuno et. al comes into play.
This study surveyed Danish citizens about their participation in activity. Of the 3498 participants to have responded, 2884 reported being physically active in the past year, and 21.5% of them reported being injured within the last year. This study included CrossFit in it’s list of activities, and the injury prevalence rate was 8% of those that participated in CrossFit. When compared to the 19% while running, 38% while playing football (soccer), and the 39% while playing handball; CrossFit ended up helping to bring the average injury rate down quite a bit.
The 2018 study by Feito et. al, found that the most commonly injured body parts were the shoulders at 39% of the injuries and the back at 36% of the injuries. Knees came in at 15% while elbows and wrists followed closely behind at 12% and 11% respectively.
NOW that we’ve got all that fun information… What do we do with it?