Is Leg Strengthening Needed for Runners?
After a long run, the last thing many runners think about is hitting the gym for a lower body weight routine. However, research indicates that it may be worth rethinking. Most of the time, the benefits of running and other forms of exercise outweigh the risks. As was discussed in the blog, Exercise: Why Risk the Injury, active individuals have a 17%-19% lower chance of injury during non-sport or non-leisure time activities than those who are inactive. Nonetheless, injuries still exist in activity (Howard, 2011).
The knee joint is the most often injured joint for runners (Taunten, 2002), two common examples of which are patellofemoral pain syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is often characterized by pain under and around the kneecap while iliotibial band by pain on the outside of the knee.
Finding one solution to the aforementioned injuries may be difficult as there could be a number of factors causing the injury, but research has shown possible links to the muscles on the outside of the hips (Ferber, 2010; Ferber, 2011; Beazell, 2009; Van der Worp, 2012).
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