30 Apr '13, 11am

BEGINNERS: How to tell the difference between uncomfortable and injured

It's sometimes hard for runners to know when medical intervention is necessary. Experiencing a mild level of discomfort when we begin running, or when we increase mileage or distance, or incorporate speed work, is not uncommon. No pain, no gain, right? But, "discomfort" means feeling a gentle reminder that you did something extraordinary; it does NOT mean a crippling or debilitating pain that makes running or every day activities miserable. That is not normal or acceptable. Mild muscle soreness or minor aches sometimes associated with the conditioning process is very different than outright pain. But can we recognize the difference? At what point should we stop running and seek medical advice? For most runners, this is a very tough call to make. How can you tell the difference between “normal” training aches and those serious enough to warrant medical treatment? Some sympt...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/should-i-see...

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