31 Jul '14, 3am

Here's the MOST COMMON new-runner injury (and how to prevent it):

Of the 933 new runners, 254 met the definition of having a running injury during their first year. Of those injured runners, 15% had medial tibial stress syndrome (the preferred medical name for shin splints), 10% had patellofemoral pain (AKA runner's knee ), 9% had a meniscus injury, 7% had Achilles tendinitis , and 5% had either plantar fasciitis or a soleus injury (along the back of the lower leg). Stress fractures were relatively uncommon, most likely because in their first year the new runners' mileage was low enough to not create significant risk for that injury. Three-quarters of the injuries occurred during a given runner's first 201 kilometers (125 miles) in the sport.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-prevention-recovery/sh...

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