Why do I keep getting injured running? Have you wondered this before or want to know how running injuries can be prevented? Do you think your body is just not made for running? These are the struggles and frustrations I hear often for those looking to seek a healthier lifestyle. I even thought this myself when I started running! It wasn’t until I discovered the proper way to build my body up to tolerate the demands of running that I didn’t get injured.
This “secret sauce” includes two important components: proper running and strength training plans. This week, on the Healthy Runner Podcast, I had the distinct pleasure to interview one of the giants in the running world who is an expert in both of these areas! Jason Fitzgerald is a running coach, author and creator of Strength Running and the host of the Strength Running Podcast. Jason provides a coach’s perspective to injury prevention with a wealth of knowledge! The questions we address are listed below in this article and I also got him to share his #1 top exercise for injury prevention!
For those of you in our running community that are not familiar with Jason Fitzgerald’s work. Jason is a 2:39 marathoner, USATF-certified coach, and author of the #1 selling running book on Amazon Running for Health & Happiness. He writes for over 200,000 runners a month and has helped tens of thousands of runners accomplish their goals with results-oriented coaching programs.
Click the video below to watch the LIVE interview with Jason within the Healthy Runner Facebook Group
In this episode you will hear Jason answer the following questions and even share his #1 top exercise for injury prevention!
1. How do you define injury prevention for running?
2. Why do you think it is important for runners to prioritize injury prevention into their training?
3. Where does strength training for runners fit into the injury prevention picture?
4. How many times a week should a runner do strength training?
5. What are some of your favorite running injury prevention exercises?
6. Do you have any strength training workouts specific to trail running or are the strength programs you create and recommend the same as our road runners?
7. How much does running technique contribute to injury prevention and do you work on these with the runners you work with on a 1-on-1 basis. If so, what are your thoughts on gait retraining with running?
This is jam packed episode with many golden nuggets revealed, I hope you enjoy the episode and as always thank you for listening!
I want to personally thank Jason for taking the time to share his running knowledge with our running community and help us prevent injuries by training smart!
Listen to the Podcast Episode during your next run!
Thank you (running friends) for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy the podcast episode!
Stay active, stay healthy, and just keep running!
Duane Scotti, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
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