There are many misconceptions about training routines, fitness gear, and running. Today, lets clear up any misconceptions when it comes to running!
Myth: Runners Do Not Need Strength Training
A lot of injuries are a result of weak hips or stress on areas of the body that cannot handle the pressure. Custom knee braces help redistribute the weight, allowing runners to perform at full function but strength training is highly recommended not only for better performances but also injury prevention. Weaker muscles lead to weak injuries which is why, from a physical therapy perspective, strength training is needed. Simple things like squats and light weights could go a long way when it comes to better performances.
Myth: Running Barefoot May Help Prevent Injuries
Many people have adopted minimalist ideas and while some of these ideas are great, like avoiding your smartphone after working hours, other ideas are not great. Running barefoot is dangerous depending on the surface but it’s also ill-advised because it increases the chances of suffering a stress fracture. Custom orthotics take the pressure off certain areas of the foot and ankle allowing for great performances. We do not recommend running barefoot because this could lead to more injuries.
Myth: Runners Need To Run As Often As Possible To Improve
Recovery is an important part of the process because it helps repair and strengthen muscles. If you’re looking to improve your endurance, take days off in order to repair and recover because it will ultimately help you achieve a better running time.
Myth: Running Makes Chronic Pain Worse
For anyone who suffers from chronic pain or conditions like osteoarthritis, then they may feel as though that running will make the pain in the knees worse. However, inactive knee muscles will increase the pain. Remember that it’s all about form and if running is painful, it’s important to find the source of the pain. Proper technique, form, and custom braces will all help decrease the pain while keeping the muscles active.
Myth: Bananas Will Help Prevent Cramps
Many athletes have adopted the idea that potassium will help prevent cramps but recent studies have offered no evidence for this claim. Scientists have studied the effects of potassium for cramping and there is no correlation. EAMC (exercise-associated muscle cramps) is caused by various factors including dehydration or muscle fatigue and ingesting excessive potassium will have no effect on cramps. Instead, stay hydrated and make sure to stretch before running.
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