Running injuries occur at a rate up to 79%, meaning 8 out of every 10 runners will have an injury this year. My goal is to help prevent you from getting injured, and if you are injured to help you fix the problem to get you back running as soon as you can. I am a runner myself, and have helped hundreds of runners from a couch to 5k all the way through professional marathoners and triathletes. One of the biggest issues is getting very strong in the muscle that you go in the front to back plane, but under utilizing many of the muscles that control the side to side plane. If some of these muscles are not strong enough, or do not have enough endurance, the knee and foot will not be in the right position to manage their load step after step, run after run. Try these exercises and stretches to help protect yourself from typical running injuries.
Disclosure: These programs are not meant to be a diagnostic or treatment as each person and each injury is different. This plan is best used as an educational guide on typical exercises that can help a variety of conditions. Not all of these exercises are necessary for each injury, and some may actually be harmful. You should always consult your healthcare provider or physical therapist to ensure that you have the best program for you. Please do not continue these exercises if symptoms worsen, and each exercise should be moderately challenging and never unsafe or painful.