A guide to the prevention of running injuries

Aust Fam Physician. 1981 Mar;10(3):156-61, 163-4.


In North America, estimates of recreational runners have grown from two million in 1970 to 30 million in 1979. In Canada, increased interest in running has been sparked by participation. Habituation to running is attributed to a sense of wellbeing and increased energy levels, as well as the possibility of reducing the threat of cardiovascular disease. Musculoskeletal injury is common to runners and can be prevented by carefully planned training programmes, proper selection of training surface, regular stretching and strength drills, the use of protective footwear and balancing of vulnerable biomechanical alignments with functional orthotics in shoes.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Isometric Contraction
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Physical Exertion
  • Running*
  • Shoes