By Holly Pennington, PT, DPT/Outpatient Physical Therapy+
Finding solid information on the internet is no easy task, so look no further than this handy guide to Physical Therapist-approved running reading. From running “why’s” to how to know if your recovering sprained ankle is ready to hit the pavement, follow these links to high-quality resources.
For a comprehensive guide to healthy running, complete with myth busters and interesting stats such as the most common injuries in runners over 40, check out The Physical Therapist’s Guide to Healthy Running. If you ever question whether running is good for your long-term health, go straight to the second paragraph for reassuring facts!
If you are recovering from an injury or wondering if you should continue to run despite a pesky ache or pain, this article by Running Physio is a great resource for tests you can do on your own to make an objective decision about running. These decisions are never easy ones, but resources like this simplify the process and help you identify specific areas of further injury vulnerability.
Do you skip pre-run stretches because they take too long or you aren’t sure what to do? Forget sixty second holds and go straight here for relief! You don’t need a complicated pre-workout stretching routine to make the most of your run or stay injury-free. Amen to that!
“Most runners don’t seek out physical therapy until they’re injured but the truth is, there’s a lot we can do to keep runner’s knee, ITBS, shin splints, as well all the other evil running injuries that wreak havoc on both our sanity and training schedules.” Truth! For an exercise program created by Physical Therapists for runners that can easily be performed at home, try these 9 Moves Physical Therapists Want Runners To Do.
And if you just want to spice up your running life, how about swapping your Air Pods for device-free meditation? Learn why – and how – to meditate while you run here. Change up your short runs with these quick (30 min or less) workouts. Or, add in a post-run 7-minute yoga routine for runners like this one.
Happy reading, runners!
Want more help with healthy running? Visit one of our Board Certified Physical Therapists for a free consultation. Find a clinic near you at www.outpatientpt.com. OPT clinics are located in Auburn, Covington, Kent, Maple Valley, Puyallup and Renton.
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