As I try to work through some hamstring issues these days, my physiotherapist at Active Life Physiotherapy in North Vancouver directed me to a new interesting document on the Prevention of Running Injuries by Blaise Dubois. This is a great read if you are a runner, or thinking about getting into running. It explains biomechanics, running myths, useful tips for picking shoes and even provides some discussion on the currently popular minimalist shoe. Don’t skip out on the Appendix either, it’s full of additional useful information such as interval training and stretching.
If you’re looking for more information on running stretches and exercises, check out the Active Life Physio website for more articles. ALP also does Video Gait Analysis which will provide you with visual feedback on running or walking gait. This will help identify any anomalies that may predispose one to injury and allow your physio to provide recommendations on gait correction, preventative exercise and footwear.
Good luck staying injury free and have fun on the trails!