7 Things Physical Therapists Want You to Know About Running Injuries
Running injuries. Not my favorite topic, personally—maybe because I really, really, really don’t like being injured. I’ve also personally dealt with a ton of cramping issues that seemed to be more running-related than biking (or just the running brought them out) and right now, I’m working on making my knee a lot stronger and coming back from a minor tweak there. So, while it’s not my favorite thing to discuss, it’s one of the things I need to think about and discuss! (Funny how that works—in yoga, the woman leading my teacher training says that the yoga we don’t want to do is usually what we should be doing, which for me is anything with gentle or restorative in the title!)
…But ANYWAY. I talked to an amazing ultrarunner and physical therapist, Kaci Lickteig (she won Western States a few years back and I love her) and we dove into some things that most physical therapists really wish you knew about your running injuries.
It’s frustrating to be told to take time off from running. But consider it part of training: You’ll return and be able to be faster, better, stronger. “You’re going to live, even if you have to take four months off,” says Lickteig. “You’ll be a better runner if you actually heal.”
BOOM! (I could have used that seven years ago, but such is life.)