Which means long distance running season is in full swing, even more so this year with sport and gym’s coming to a grinding halt. Alongside it’s cardiovascular benefits, running is known for helping reduce stress and anxiety levels so it’s no surprise that we are seeing a spike in amateur runners during COVID-19. Running is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy this season, however it does not come without it’s own risk of injuries.
Let’s talk about stress fractures.
Stress fractures are a phenomena that occurs when the volume of impact activity becomes too much for the body’s repair and recovery ability. Micro breakdown is a normal part of exercise, and in a perfect environment, the body regenerates this into stronger tissue for better performance. However, when the body is under pressure to perform this process micro breakdown accumulates and the bone structures become weak. If this process continues for enough time, this weak point in the bone will become a stress fracture. Stress fractures are most common in running athletes, and typically occur in the shin, foot, and hip. Females in their teens and around menopause are most susceptible, however anybody is at risk when running volumes and rest ratios are off.
If you have questions about your running and/or pain that you experience whilst running, talk to your physio today.