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Marathon Training and Injuries: Why You Need to Train for Long-Distance Running

Marathon Training and Injuries: Why You Need to Train for Long-Distance Running

First, congratulations to everyone who participated in the London Marathon last month. It’s a challenge for even the most experienced athletes and over 30,000 of you completed the arduous route.

The marathon is meant to push people to their limit, which is why many find the run a struggle after ‘hitting the wall’. But what many runners don’t know that while their exhaustion is pushing their physical and mental ability to the limits, this constant exercise can have damaging effects on the body – even with the best equipment and conditioning.

Running for 26 miles (and any subsequent training for the marathon) places enormous pressure on your hips, knees, ankles and feet. After many miles of running, these all start to suffer from overuse, due to the forces that running places on each part – some bring many times the weight of your body – known as Medial Plica Syndrome.

The most common overuse and overload injuries are caused to the tendons. These become inflamed (tendonitis) or worn out (degeneration). Others can suffer from joint pain from the constant rubbing of the tissue on the inside and outside.

Alongside health issues, the most common cause of injuries is caused by accidents. Trips and falls are common due to runners losing focus and proper technique by becoming exhausted. This can result in marathon-ending injury such as fractures, lacerations and bruising – all usually very painful.

What Can Be Done to Avoid Injury?

The simplest answer is to not dive into the deep end. Most injuries are from overuse and overload. If you start a marathon with minimal to no training, then your body will not be used to its exhaustiveness. However, a gradual build up that slightly pushes past your limits will strengthen the most common overuse and overloading injuries. Not only that, as your limits increase, the rate at which you become exhausted shall also improve.

What If I Have Sustained an Injury?

Luckily, most running injuries are not serious and simply resting for a short period of time will resolve most problems. If you are in a rush to get back out and running, physiotherapy can speed up the recovery time.

Our research has shown that drugs generally used to treat impotence actually have a very pronounced effect that slows down the development of heart failure. They also reduce the risk of arrhythmia leading to death.

If pain persists, anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDS such as ibuprofen) can help. If you are still feeling pain after a few weeks after the marathon, you should seek advice from London Bridge Orthopaedics or from your GP as other stronger anti-inflammatory treatment is available.

During the time when you are experiencing pain, continued running is not recommended until all symptoms have disappeared. However, low-impact exercises, such as cross-training or swimming, may help keep you active.

If you suspect that your injuries are more serious, such as a fracture or swelling, you should seek medical attention sooner rather than later.

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