In case you’re new around here, or have missed a few weeks of posts, here is a quick update: My foot started hurting after a run about a month ago. I rested it, got fitted for new shoes, tried running again, and after a few days the pain came back. I went to an orthopedist and didn’t really get any answers. So I continued resting and doing some of my own research.
Having experienced too many injures in the past, I have become rather familiar with resources related to injury recovery. Of course, these should not be used in place of a professional, but they may be helpful if you feel like you are toeing the line of an injury, looking to prevent an injury from returning, or trying to learn more about your injury. I’ve been trying to figure out why my foot got hurt, how I can help it to heal quickly, and how to prevent it from happening again.
Runners Connect This is always my first stop if I want information about an injury. You can go to the Running Injuries page and see a list of common injuries or do a search for a specific symptom or body part that is hurting. The information provided is well researched and often times there is a recovery guide that can be downloaded. While you are there, check out the podcast, Run to the Top, hosted by Tina!
Kinetic Revolution This site has great info and short videos with exercises. This is a great resource in general to prevent injures, but if you are having a specific issue with a tight muscle or weak area you can search for that and chances are you will find something helpful!
Athletes Treating Athletes This site has changed recently, and now requires you to sign up to access the information. However, there is a free option. They provide “courses” about certain injuries and plans for recovering.
Kelly Starrett- MobilityWOD On this website there are some videos that can be accessed for free, but I prefer the books Ready to Run and Becoming a Supple Leopard. Both are great resources that I refer to often for information on preventing and recovering from injuries.
Katy Bowman I started learning about Katy by listening to her podcast, Katy Says. She is a biomechanist who advocates for natural movement and optimal alignment, but explains it all in ways that are easy to understand. Her website has some great resources including a blog and she also has several books published.
Jay DiCharry I read the book Anatomy for Runners about 3 years ago and I still refer to it often. It’s a great place to start if you are relatively new to things like self-myofasical release and injury prevention exercises.
In general you need to be careful about searching the internet for information about injuries, but sometimes it’s nice to connect with other people who are going through the same thing as you and learn what they did to recover. Remember that not every injury is necessarily the same, though. I have sometimes found other blogs written by runners with similar issues so it can be helpful to read about their experiences.
While it’s important to get help from a professional, I also believe it’s important to gain your own knowledge about your body and what led to the injury, as well as to advocate for what you believe is the best course of treatment.
What are your favorite resources for preventing or recovering from injuries?
Do you google your symptoms when you have a running-related pain, or look for other bloggers who have similar struggles?