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Preventing Runners Knee Is Your Best Bet [post with video]

The key to preventing runners knee is to strengthen your hip and core musculature BEFORE you are noticing the symptoms of runners knee.

The best exercises are simple, require no equipment, and should be done regularly (2-3 times per week) in order to prevent a flare up of runners knee.

If you missed the earlier videos in this series, make sure you check out the first video where I define runners knee. And in the second video, I go over some of the more effective ways of dealing with the symptoms of runners knee.

Do You to Steps Aimed at Preventing Runners Knee? What Things Do You Do on a Regular Basis to Stay Pain Free?

All Runners Need to Learn About Preventing Injuries

What is One Thing Many New Runners Overlook?

I love new runners.

Well, I love all runners, but there is something about the excitement that I usually see on the faces of new runners that gets me fired up. I love being able to share tips, tricks, and pertinent information with them. I love seeing the rapid progress that they are able to make, and I’m sometimes slightly envious that they are able to progress so rapidly while I feel like I have to push myself to the brink just to shave a few seconds off of my 5k time.

New runners are like little kids on Christmas morning, and I love that.

New Runners Can Be A Lot Like Kids on Christmas. But Too Much Excitement May Cause Them to Overlook One Important Thing.

Isn’t My Niece Adorable?

 

There is, however, one thing that new runners tend to avoid worrying about until it’s too late. Read more

Foot Kinetics Product Review

Blisters are something that no runner wants to have to deal with. There are a number of different options that we can use to try and prevent blisters, but I recently had the opportunity to try out Run Goo from Foot Kinetics.

In the video above, I review the product and talk about what my opinions are after giving it a try.

What is Your Go to Strategy for Blister Prevention?

Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running

Why More Runners Need to Make Time for Injury Prevention


No runners want to be injured, but most of us wind up with a running related injury from time to time. While some might say that running injuries are an inevitability, there are many running coaches-myself included-that would disagree with that statement.

And my guest today disagrees as well.

Jason Fitzgerald, Strength Running

Jason Fitzgerald knows first hand how much it stinks to be injured.  Read more

Many Runners Want to Know the Truth About Stretching

There is so much conflicting information when it comes to the truth about stretching for athletes, especially for runners.

Some experts swear that stretching prevents injuries, while just as many say that stretching has nothing to do with injury prevention. Some runners include stretching as a vital piece of the warm up, and some only stretch after their runs. Some believe in static stretching, while others only hold each stretch for a few seconds.

Who’s right?

The truth about stretching is that there are no cut and dry answers to anything related to stretching. Stretching has been studied time and time again, and ultimately there have been very few (if any) black and white conclusions that have been drawn, especially in regards to injury prevention.

Here is the Truth About Stretching

Stretching HAS NOT been shown to reduce injuries. That said, maintaining adequate flexibility by stretching regularly does allow your joints to operate within their full range of motion which can put less stress/strain on your muscles and tendons. Excess strain on the muscles and tendons can cause irritations (such as tendinitis, bursitis, and any other itis), so it could be seen as logical that regular stretching CAN reduce the risk of injury over time, yet it is far from conclusive.

Stretch Armstrong, Truth about stretching

Stretch Armstrong

It has long been believed that effective stretching requires holding your stretch for 15-30 seconds (or more). Going hand and hand with the static stretching theory is the assumption that bouncing while stretching is a sure fire way to pull or tear a muscle, which is an even worse injury than any itis you were trying to prevent in the first place. So what’s the truth? Static stretching is a fine way of increasing your range of motion, but should only be done as part of a cool down. Dynamic stretching is also a great way to improve ROM, and is fine to do before or after your run, but make sure your muscles are warm before you begin. The key is to hold each stretch for 2-6 seconds before releasing it. As long as your muscles are already warm, and you’re not reaching too far, dynamic stretching is safe AND effective.

My Take on Stretching

In my experience, both me personally and with the runners I’ve worked with, regular stretching is a good thing when done correctly. I almost always wait until after the run/race to do my stretching, but will occasionally do a minimal amount of dynamic stretching after my warm up but before the race.

Gumby, Truth about stretching

Everyone Loves Gumby

 

My preferred method of stretching, however, is to pop in a yoga DVD on days that I’m not running as part of a recovery day. I don’t do this as often as I’d like to, but whenever I do I feel better and my next run is usually better as well.


What do you do when it comes to stretching? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, pro or con, when it comes to stretching.

And if you’d like to hear me expound a little bit on the virtues of stretching and elaborate a little more about what I talked about here in this post, just press play on the player below.