This E-book covers over 20 common running injury scenarios, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles pain and iliotibial band syndrome, with lots of self help advice and simple follow along exercises to try and self-manage.
Around 2 million years ago, as the climate changed and forests receded revealing open savannahs, we human beings moved from a chimp-like movement to our present bipedal movement pattern, with an upright posture. We also at this time started eating more meat. This protein rich diet led to more developed brains, less hair and more sweat glands.
Humans began to hunt animals using a method called persistence hunting; essentially, utilising the bodies ability to sweat, and maintain body temperature, we outran mammals as they lacked this ability (for example, in hot weather a dog pants to try to control its temperature, which is less effective than sweating). This could take hours and hours of – what we would nowadays call – endurance running.
Fast forward to present day, and millions of people run not for survival, but for enjoyment. It is undeniably a healthy activity with positive effects on cardiovascular risk factors, alongside social and mental health benefits. But there are risks. Running Related Injuries have a high occurrence rate. Figures vary, but it is thought that between 20-85% of runners will have an injury at some point.