Never Get Injured Again
If you’re always fighting nagging injuries, maybe you should ask for advice from ultramarathoners.
Though these guys put their bodies through some of the most tortuous endurance events—running between 100 to 150 miles over the course of several days in grueling conditions—they surprisingly have few major injuries, according to new research in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Medicine.
Researchers tracked almost 400 ultramarathoners in the Racing the Planet Desert Series, a 7-day, 150 mile run through extreme terrains like the Gobi and Sahara Deserts. On average, there were 3.86 injuries per runner during the five stages of the event—but 95 percent of those injuries were minor (think: blisters or minor tendonitis). (Related from MuscleMorphosis.com: musclemorphosis.com)
It likely comes down to the fact that the type of person who runs an ultra is a stronger runner overall. “These individuals are better trained, they have experience in managing injuries, or can work through them,” says author Brian Krabak, M.D., clinical associate professor at the University of Washington.
One way to prevent injuries: Hit the gym—one of the training secrets of ultrarunner Dean Karnazes. Running breaks down muscle, but lifting spurs muscle growth, making you stronger and protecting your joints, explains William Kraemer, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. He recommends two to three sessions of weight lifting a week. That's just one of these musclemorphosis.com.
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Additional research by Matt Allyn
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