Running creates stress and is thus destructive. Our bodies respond to the stress by strengthening themselves. However, this strengthening does not occur during the running; it occurs during rest after the running. Thus, to prevent injuries, we must have sufficient rest that our bodies can strengthen themselves and eliminate the stress. If we don't have sufficient rest, residues of stress remain and accumulate, and eventually this stress will cause injuries. Many running injuries can be avoided if we have sufficient rest, if we keep our training within the capabilities of our bodies to handle stress, and if we stretch to strengthen our muscles. For suggestions on preventing injuries, see my page Preventing Injury.
The RICE procedure can be used for several days after an injury to reduce swelling, to control pain, and to promote healing.
Rest to allow your body to begin the healing process. Stop all activities that cause pain.
Ice for 15 or 20 minutes at a time during the first 24 - 48 hours after the injury; keep a cloth between the ice and your skin.
Compress the injured muscles with an elastic bandage.
Elevate the injury area to increase blood circulation. Raise the injured part above the heart.
If you're like me and
aren't familiar with anatomical terms, refer to Arnold's Glossary of
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