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Tibialis Anterior : Most Active Muscle When Running

The most active leg muscle during running is the tibialis anterior, a strip of sinew which runs down the shin to the inside edge of the foot and pulls the foot inward and upward.

The Tibialis Anterior

During running, the tibialis anterior contracts forcefully about twice as often as any of the other four muscles, so it is probably the muscle most prone to fatigue. As it becomes tired, the risk of shin splints and stress fractures is likely to rise, as does the amount of pronation occurring at the ankle joint (excessive pronation has been linked to a variety of running problems, including knee injuries).

Thus, it is critical for athletes to make their tibialis anterior muscles as strong and fatigue proof as possible.

Some of the ideas to make the tibialis anterior muscle stronger is,

  • Deeping the lower leg in ice bath after running
  • Soft massage
  • Stretching the lower leg
  • Doing squats and calf raises

Information courtesy of, brainmac post, lower leg injuries.

Running Injuries Lower Leg

Lower leg injuries consist of running injuries that afflict the knee going downwards. These are injuries on the shin, calf, heel, ankle and the foot.

The lower leg injuries can be mild, in the case of muscle soreness or serious cases like stress fractures.

Cause of Lower Leg Injuries during running

Researchers from the University of Calgary found that weak hip muscles are to blame for 92 percent of lower-leg running injuries.

Exercise to Stregthen Lower leg

Try exercises such as squats and step-ups to target-harden yourself against these sidelining lower leg injuries.

Hip Pain When Running : Cause & Treatment

If you are feeling hip pain when running, it is likely the bones around the hips are suffering from a stress fracture or it is your hip tissues having a problem.

Stress Fracture of the Hip

Stress fractures are partial breaks or cracks in the bones around the hip.Read complete article on Stress Structure of the Hip : Cause, Treatment and prevention.

Hip Tissue Problems

Common Hip Tissue injuries are

  1. Pulled Hamstring.
  2. Hip Bursitis – inflammation of the hip
  3. Hip Snapped when running.

For more about this problems visit Health website.

Cause and Treatment of Hip Pain when running

The cause of hip pain when running is over training. The best treatment is taking a complete break from running and allow your body to heal and recover.

If the hip is in serioous pain and swollen, see your physician.

Running Foot Injury : Cause and Treatment

If you are experiencing pain around parts of your foot while running and when you touch and press the parts they feel sore, you are suffering from a stress fracture.

About Stress Fracture

What many runners report as a running foot injury is medically known as stress structure. Stress fractures are partial breaks or cracks in the bones around the foot.

Cause of running foot injury (stress fracture)

Stress fractures are caused by extreme stress to the bone. It could be caused by: –

  1. Running too much (over training)
  2. Running on rough, rocky surfaces
  3. Running on a hard surface
  4. Sudden switch from soft surface to hard surface.

Treatment of Running Foot Injury ( Stress Fracture)

Stress fractures usually heal on their own. The best treatment is taking a complete REST from running. Although most website say you should take six weeks break from running, I think you should give your foot as much rest as necessary to heal.

When you feel you are ready to return to running, get back slowly. start running on soft surfaces (grass) before running on hard surface.

If the pain is chronic, the foot is swollen and the pain is not going away, see a sports-oriented doctor for a bone scan.

Barefoot Running Injuries Stats

2010 will go down as the year when barefoot running became a craze. The running fraternity was bombarded with research papers telling us why going barefoot is the way to run.

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The scholars told us barefoot running prevents hurtful running injuries! Really?

Now there is growing evidence barefoot running is causing injuries, from aching heels, ankles and top of the foot. Doctors are reporting seeing a rise in barefoot running injuries.

Steve Pribut, a Washington, DC podiatrist and one of America’s most respected running injury specialists, says he has experienced a recent influx of barefoot runners at his office as well. And, asked by email whether he could confirm a barefoot running injury trend in his clinical experience, Lewis Maharam, a.k.a “Running Doc,” replied with two words: “Oh, yeah!”

From Running Network Barefoot running epidemic.

I just have had the opportunity to meet up with 3 ‘barefoot runners’. Only one of them is still doing some drills barefoot; the other two were disillusioned because of the injuries. One with stress fractures from his Vibrams; and the other could not shake “Top of Foot Pain” – it was not until he went back to his running shoes would it go away, only to return again when he tried to transition.

It was the nature of the “Top of Foot Pain” in barefoot running that intrigued me, so I did some looking up and it is commonly reported by barefoot runners.

From Podiatry Arena Barefoot running.

Running Injuries Statistics

With all the amazing advancements in sports medicine, you’d think that our rates of shinsplints, runners knee, ankle injuries and stress fractures should be under control.

A recent runnersworld.com poll revealed that 66 percent of respondents had suffered an injury in 2009.

Read the full article at runnersworld