Running Injuries 101

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If you run to win, if run to lose (weight that is), if you run to belong, or you simply run because it is what you have always done. Whatever your skill level, whatever your goal, there seems to be no escaping it.


Injuries are what separate those who can, from those who cannot. We’ve all had a season when all our hard work and calculated planning seems to blow up in our face.  And when we do, we look back over our training and wonder, “where did I go wrong?”

The answer is obviously different for everyone and although I can’t give you a quick fix solution, as a Physiotherapist and an avid runner, I can give you ways to treat it, prevent it, and kick butt despite it! I hope that by identifying the top 5 injuries runners suffer I can help make those devastating seasons, even the elite athletes suffer from, a thing of the past!

I can’t cover everything I’ve ever learned in one article so stay tuned for each part of this series where I will outline one running injury, how to know when you have it, whether you can run through it, and most importantly how to get rid of it!

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So here we go, the top five running injuries in no particular order:

  1. Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome
  2. IT Band Syndrome
  3. Shin Splints
  4. Plantar Fasciitis
  5. Achilles Tendonitis


Karen Gilbert is a physiotherapist at CBI Health Group in London, Ontario and a competitive distance runner.  Karen enjoys bringing together her love of running with her love of treating patients.

1 thought on “Running Injuries 101”

  1. Hi Karen,
    Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations for the prevention and care of the injuries/syndromes you’ve highlighted.

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