Overuse Injuries

Running is one of the most popular trending fitness activities. It’s not only a great activity to get fit and lose weight but to help clear your mind. Have you ever started to really enjoy the benefits of running only to be struck down by an injury and never resume again? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, 27-70% of recreational and competitive distance runners sustain an overuse injury during any 1 – year period

An overuse injury results from the combined fatigue effect over a period of time beyond the capabilities of the stressed structure/s. Although repeated stresses on various structures may result in an overuse injury, this does not imply that stresses to the musculoskeletal system should be minimised to avoid injury. All structures adapt positively and negatively to the level of stress placed on them.

Positive adaption occurs when the applied stresses are repeated below the mechanical limits of a structure and adequate time periods are provided between stress applications. Negative adaption occurs when a stress is applied beyond the mechanical limits either one time or repeated times with an insufficient time period between stress applications. The result of these stresses may not be felt immediately but weeks later depending on the structure.

The training variables most often identified as risk factors for overuse running injuries include; distance running, training intensity, rapid increases in training intensity or distances 

Common injuries we see in the clinic include;

o   Metatarsalgia

o   Sesamoiditis

o   MT Stress reaction

o   MT stress #

o   Bursitis

o   Tendinopathy

o   Osnavicularis

o   Plantar Fasciitis