Injury Prevention for Runners
Run strong and injury-free from the first mile to the finish line
Runners are no strangers to pain. They test their grit year-round on Michigan’s thousands of miles of trails, pathways, and streets. And while die-hard runners often ignore the weather, ignoring pain is never a good idea.
We take a team approach to running-related injury prevention and treatment at Henry Ford Health System Sports Medicine. We work with runners of all ages and skill levels to create personalized injury prevention strategies.
What’s my risk for a running-related injury?
Runners of all skill levels are at risk for injury, and injuries are common. Each year, nearly half of runners nationwide report injuries.
Whether you prefer a half mile or a half-marathon, the Henry Ford Sports Medicine team can help determine your personal injury risk based on gait, shoe wear patterns, flexibility, and more.
Can I prevent running injuries?
You can avoid many running injuries with attention to form and total-body conditioning. Our trainers will create a personalized plan, including conditioning exercises and programs with a focus on core strength and flexibility. We’ll work with you one-on-one to improve strength, speed, and endurance.
Henry Ford trainers use RunFast, a biomechanical gait analysis, to show runners how their bodies move as they run. This helps us pinpoint areas to improve form and keep runners injury-free.
What are some common running injuries?
Overuse injuries are a major concern for runners. These injuries often affect the:
Sometimes, these injuries cause overcompensation and uneven weight distribution. This can lead to even more injuries. Some running injuries, like strains or sprains, start with minor pain you may think you can power through. Others, such as ligament tears or fractures, cause sudden, intense pain.
How will Henry Ford treat my running-related injury?
We treat the whole runner with education and support and advanced, customized treatment programs.
We treat some running-related injuries with physical therapy or pain management. Some runners need surgery or extensive rehabilitation. The Henry Ford Sports Medicine team provides this type of care on a personal level -- and we can get you in the clinic within 24 business hours of your request for an appointment.
Our team approach incorporates a variety of specialists, including physical therapists, nutritionists, and researchers. The goal is to provide the most effective treatment to help you recover safely and get back to running.