Runners tend to focus on getting in miles instead of spending time doing other activities like strength training. Some statistics show that 66 percent of runners experience an injury annually. The good news is strength training is proven to reduce the risk of injury. This alone should tell you why you should spend time strength training!
Why strength training helps reduce injury: As you begin to fatigue during a run, your running mechanics diminish. When running mechanics diminish, injuries are more likely to occur due to the body moving in a way it isn’t supposed to. A good strength training routine will reduce the risk of injuries, improve flexibility and range of motion, and increase running mechanics and running economy. This allows the body to support you and stay healthy while running. Now that you’re healthy and able to run more, you’ll be able to run faster and farther than ever before.
Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine offices are located at 15945 Clayton Road, Suite 210 (Phone: 636-893-1360) and 633 Emerson Road, Suite 20 (Phone: 314-325-3068).