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Here’s how to prevent runner injuries

Research indicates there are about 54 million runners or joggers in the United States. This is great news for health and fitness experts, who recommend at least 150 minutes of activity a week for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Unfortunately, there is a darker side to this story. Injuries related to running affect up to 85 percent of runners each year. This is a problem of epic proportions when one considers that running comprises 30 percent of all sport activity.

Why are so many people getting injured? The answer involves technique — more specifically, lack of proper technique and training.

Running is the only sport in which technique is traditionally ignored on a consistent basis. Most coaches and athletes incorrectly assume running is a natural activity that everyone just learns without instruction. The injury statistics simply do not support this false assumption.

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About the Author: Thomas Minton, PT, Cert. MDT, CRTS is in Asheville, NC, and is available for consultations and technique training. 

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