The London Marathon is one of the five top world marathons. The first London Marathon took place in 1981 and it’s the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over £700 million for good causes since the race began. In 2015 a record 37,675 people finished the London Marathon, and it’s shown on television in almost 200 countries around the world.
As well as being a fantastic opportunity to raise money for charity, running the marathon is a rewarding experience. It is also a very demanding event on your body and, unfortunately, running injuries during training are common. Common injuries include traumatic injuries (resulting from trauma, such as tripping over) and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries include intrinsic factors, for example muscle imbalance or overpronation (excessive inward roll of feet), and extrinsic injuries caused by an external force, such as worn-out running shoes or environmental conditions (e.g. extreme weather). Additionally each run causes trauma on a microscopic scale, which accumulates and can lead to injury, and muscle or tendon injuries are common.
Common running injuries include calf and/or achilles tendon strain, knee injuries (runner's knee and ITB syndrome), shin splints, hip bursitis and hamstring strains. See more on the official London Marathon website.
London Marathon Training - Injury Prevention
Fortunately, with some preparation and planning, you can help prevent running injuries. Periodically changing your running shoes (every 800 km or so), varying your route frequently, proper warm ups and rest days are examples of common prevention tactics.
Whether this is your first marathon, or your thirtieth, our physiotherapists can help work with you to prevent injuries before they occur through assessment and hands on sports massage treatment.
Remember regular sports massage can give a great boost to your training – it's not just for treating sporting injuries.
London Marathon Running - Injury Treatment
If you do suffer an injury running, though, it's important to get it checked out and treated by a sports injury specialist. We provide specialist treatment for running injuries and we treat all types of marathon runners, from the first timers to elite athletes.
Remember your injury is individual to you. Your physiotherapist will take the time to examine your problem and provide a logical clinical explanation so that you understand what is happening to your body before treating your injury and giving you a plan to prevent further injury.