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Many beginner runners are aware of the multiple benefits that it can offer in terms of fitness levels and health. However, injury is always a risk especially knee pain which new runners can be prone to if the correct running form and technique isn’t adhered to while training.
New runners often believe that in order to run long distances and increase speed, you need to start running non-stop without taking a break from the beginning. Running can be very demanding on the body especially the knees. By not taking your training sessions slowly and giving your body the time it needs to adjust, this can lead to new runners experiencing knee pain.
The most common reason that knee pain occurs in beginner runners is due to lack of general conditioning. Pain can also be caused by muscle strength and adding too much mileage in training sessions too soon. This pain can be located ‘on’, ‘in’ or ‘around’ the knee cap.
There are a number of steps that beginner runners can take to prevent the onset of knee pain and injury while training:
Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, our physiotherapists are expertly trained in treating many running related knee injuries. We offer a number of treatments such as dry needling, orthotics, biomechanical assessment as part of our sports clinic. If you have any questions regarding knee pain while running or wish to book an appointment, contact us here.