Running – Training principles & injury prevention

As an Osteopath who has worked with many competitive and recreational runners over the years, I’ve come to recognise some of the most common causes of injuries:

  • Overload: Increasing training too rapidly or training at too high a volume.
  • Poor recovery: Inadequate rest, sleep or nutrition.
  • Biomechanics: A huge can of worms!
  • Other: Possibly a can and possibly a worm, but not yet clear.

In this article, I’ll be examining Overload and Recovery because that’s where things are most clear and where we can advise most accurately.

By following correct training principles, I believe that we can prevent most running injuries.

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Natasha’s remarkable recovery for the Patagonia ultramarathon

MOSIC client Natasha Sekulic describes on her blog the incredible RacingThePlanet Ultramarathon that she completed in the Patagonia region of Argentina in November last year. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Natasha suffered a debilitating calf muscle tear as she embarked on her training program for the 7-day 250km event.

It turned out worse than anticipated and three weeks post tear I was still on crutches … Six weeks post injury and I still couldn’t do a single calf raise and I was still walking with a heavy limp.

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Training for your first triathlon in just 4 weeks

Summer in Australia means it’s triathlon season. For anyone who has said they’d like to complete a triathlon one day, if you act now you’ve still got time to prepare for your race this season!

You might be thinking ‘there’s no way I can prepare in time’. But I assure this is not the case. Even if you haven’t even been running regularly over the holiday season or can’t remember the last time you rode a bike, there’s no need to stress out!  You CAN do it.

I’ve prepared the following tips and a basic training plan that you can use to get ready for your first race, in only 4 weeks. Triathlons come in many different distances, so choose something appropriate for your experience. Common triathlon formats include:

  • Sprint Distance: 500–750m swim, 20km cycle, 3–5km run
  • Olympic Distance: 1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
  • Triathlon 70.3 (Half Ironman): 1900m swim, 90km cycle, 21.1km run
  • Triathlon 140.6 (Ironman): 3900m swim, 180km cycle, 42.2km run

In this post, I’ll be outlining a basic training plan for your first sprint distance event.

Whilst I have a background in training, competing both as a swimmer and a triathlete when I was 16, the last time I raced was 7 years ago. Since then I’ve made very few attempts at serious swimming or cycling. However, with some gentle persuasion and encouragement from senior Osteopath and mentor, Brendan O’Loughlin, I was convinced to give it another go. Unfortunately, the timing of the event left me with just 4 weeks to get ready, so this is what I did to prepare for my first sprint distance triathlon in over 7 years…

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Trusting Your Plan – Interview with Melbourne marathon runner Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen is a busy 40-year-old office worker and experienced road cyclist who started running marathons three years ago. At last year’s windswept Melbourne Marathon in October Danny ran 2 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

What makes Danny’s result so incredible is that an MRI report diagnosed a significant hamstring tear just 6-weeks out from the event. This explained the constant ache he had been feeling in his leg when running and for many people, this kind of news would have ended their marathon campaign. But Danny isn’t like most people…

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Cross Training Explained

Cross Training means using a secondary activity as an adjunct to your primary activity. It is common for sports that include a lot of repetitive actions.

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Benefits of Cross Training

  • Variation from repetitive movements of primary sport.
  • Injury prevention.
  • Improves different fitness components.
  • Improves mobility restrictions caused by primary sport.
  • Enhances performance by doing a sport which targets your weaknesses.

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Overuse Injuries

With Run Melbourne only 3 weeks away, here at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, our team is hard at work keeping people moving in the right direction to meet their goals for this event. Many of the more common complaints rearing their head at this time in a runner’s build are those known as overuse injuries.

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Overuse injuries occur at the musculotendinous junction – the area of muscle where it becomes tendinous and generally attaches to a bone. In most instances, overuse injuries affect tendons and occur when the load from exercise is too great for the body to adapt and repair in time for the next workout. Read more

Returning to Training After a Break

At Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre, we have a special interest in treating athletes of all types, from weekend warriors to elite sportspeople. Many of our practitioners also compete at a high level. Many of you may not know that Dr Catherine Allison is not just a talented Osteopath but was also awarded the 2015 Female Athlete of the Year by Triathlon Victoria. Catherine acts as an ambassador for specialty sports-bra retailer She Science and posted a great article on their blog this month that deals with returning back to training after the Christmas/New Year break.

With January now just a memory and February almost done too, this article offers some great advice for those people now ready to get back to full fitness after the holiday break.

You can read the full article here:

http://blog.shescience.com.au/a-guide-to-returning-to-training-after-a-break/

Catherine Allison

6 Winter Training tips to keep you motivated

Winter Training TIPS – How to beat the exercise rut before it beats you

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It happens to the best of us – the mornings get colder and darker, we snooze the alarm that one extra time, and before we know it we are out the door and on the way to work without completing our morning exercise ritual. Within a few weeks we have forgotten what it feels like to get that exercise high, and we fall off the fitness wagon….again.

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