There is nothing worse than getting injured from running. Not only do injuries hurt, but you will most likely have to take some time off from training. As fall rapidly approaches many runners and walkers increase their mileage as the weather gets nicer. With an increase in running and walking, invest in some key products early on to prevent injuries. Here are a few items that you need to add to your running accessory collection.
Compression Socks & Sleeves
Compressions sock and sleeves are a great way to prevent injuries. CEP compression socks and sleeves use medical-grade compression to increase blood flow, reduce muscle vibration, and stabilize muscles and joints. All of these things will help prevent injuries such as calf strains or shin splints. Socks and sleeves can be worn during runs, races, and even for recovery afterward.
Foam Rollers & Massage Balls
Rollers and massage balls are the perfect way to loosen up tight fascia to relieve muscle pain before or after runs. Find a sore spot or a knot and roll around that area for 20-30 seconds. Make sure not to roll on the joints and bones. Foam rollers are perfect for covering wide areas such as the IT band. For a more targeted location such as the back of a calf use the massage ball. Trigger Point makes rollers and balls in various sizes depending on your needs.
Inserts are a great product for people with foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries of walkers and runners. It can come on suddenly and last for a long time. One way to prevent this injury is to put inserts in your shoes. Superfeet is a great insert to help with injuries. These inserts give extra arch support while stabilizing the foot. This reduces overall stress on the feet, ankles, and knees which helps prevent many different injuries. Simply take the sock liner out of your current shoe and replace it with an insert to help prevent future injuries like plantar fasciitis.
While injuries are not completely avoidable, there are some things you can do to help prevent them as you run and walk this fall. In addition to the day-to-day running self-care practices such as stretching and staying hydrated, products such as compression socks, foam rollers, massage balls, and inserts can help prevent a variety of injuries. Fall into an autumn of healthy running with these products. Shop at your local Potomac River Running store or online today and start preventing injuries!