I was reading a blog post by a running coach who opined why runners got hurt. He said it came down to two thing.
1. Structural imbalance – Your body just isn’t made right for running.
2. Training too hard – In a way that your body isn’t ready.
These are interesting observations but I don’t think they are reflective of what has caused my injuries. Here are the primary injuries I’ve had while running / joggling over the last 16 years.
1. Achilles Tendonitis – Brought on by accidentally straining my foot while kicking a ball in my kickball league.
2. Strained back – Caused while swinging a bat during a softball game.
3. Plantar Fasciitis – Originated with a softball injury then exacerbated with daily running.
So, of my three significant injuries, none have been the result of my training or my basic build. I guess this makes me lucky. And if I want to avoid injury, the best thing to do is to stop participating in sports outside of joggling. Of course, this isn’t any fun so I’m not going to do it. I’ll just have to deal with the injuries as they come and keep on joggling.
Incidentally, according to the blog article 79% of all runners get injured sometime during each year of training. This seems like a really high rate of injury! No wonder so many people stop running.