"Just stop running"
Unfortunately we see many an injured runner present to us having being told to "just stop running" by their health professional 🤕
Not only is this often unnecessary in a vast majority of cases, it actually causes MORE harm by stopping. Why? 🤷
🔑Firstly for runners (or those participating in any other sport really!), running is part of their identity. Take this away from their lives & it can bring considerable distress, which further compounds their injury! (McAuliffe et al 2017)
🔑Secondly from a load management & running fitness point of view, the longer you cease running, the greater the fitness/strength loss you will experience, & the longer it takes to get back to pre-injury running levels.
Fortunately for MOST running injuries, some volume of running can often be maintained, but with alterations to volume/speed or terrain. You can read more on exercising with pain in our previous blog here
🙋If injury is holding you back from the things you love, don’t just accept a blanket “Just stop”. Get a thorough ASSESSMENT, get a DIAGNOSIS & get a PLAN. Maybe you need to TEMPORARILY stop running, but ensure there is a plan to get you back to what you love as soon as possible.
For all those injured runners out there who've been told to "Just stop" running, we are here to help you get back to what you love, please don't hesitate to contact us at www.healthhp.com.au🏃♀️
📚 Mc Auliffe, S., et al. (2017). "Beyond the tendon: Experiences and perceptions of people with persistent Achilles tendinopathy." Musculoskelet Sci Pract 29: 108-114.