Common running-related injuries – the knee

Almost half of the overuse running injuries are located at the knee. Patellofemoral pain – or PFP – is the most common, followed by iliotibial band friction syndrome – ITBS -, meniscal injuries and patellar tendinitis.

Among other common runners complains, we can describe plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, gluteus medius and hamstring injuries, as well as tibial stress fractures.

Even though very few overuse running injuries have an established cause, the fact that 80% occur below the knee suggests the existence of common mechanisms. 

Finding the root cause of an injury is often a challenge, but within the next few posts, we are gonna try to outline the mechanics and interrelationships between strength, alignment, and flexibility for the 2 most common injuries runners have to face: PFP and ITBS.

Understanding more will help you to get why certain areas of your body require more attention than others. Attention to details can make a big difference in your recovery, or even prevent you from getting injured in the first place.

Stay tuned to learn more about these!

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