With marathon season almost upon us, Lucy spent a weekend in November further developing her knowledge of managing running related injuries of the foot and ankle.  The world of sports medicine is constantly evolving and it’s vital to keep up to date on all the latest research so we can best advice our runners and help them achieve their goals. Here are a few interesting running related facts for your perusal!

Ground reaction force in running is thought to be between 2.5 and 3 times body weight.  Our runners need to be able to manage that load.

Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common related injuries in athletes and has been estimated to afflict approximately 20% of runners.

Some studies have shown that there is an association between the development of achilles tendinopathy, calf injuries, and plantar fasciitis and a rapid change in running pace.

Established risk factors for running injuries are training error, high BMI, previous injury and being a novice runner.