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With PF Chang’s Around the Corner, Avoid Injury this Marathon Season
Date:1/7/2013

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 07, 2013

The weather has cooled down, the PF Chang and IMS Marathons are just around the corner, and marathon season is here. If you are one of the many Phoenix residents currently training or planning to start training for a marathon, knowing the proper techniques to avoid injuries is extremely important. It is also beneficial to be aware of potential injuries that may occur while training and participating in your selected event. Christina Khoury, MD, with Valley Orthopedics in Phoenix and Goodyear, outlines three common marathon injuries and different tips runners can follow to avoid them.

Three Common Pre & Post Marathon Injuries

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: IT Band, or ITB, syndrome is oftentimes mistaken for a knee injury because the most common symptoms are pain and swelling along the outer portion of the knee. The band that runs down the outside of the leg may become tight and inflamed. ITB syndrome can be caused by high mileage, worn shoes, downhill running or running on banked surfaces. Women tend to suffer from this injury more than men due to the tilt in their hips.

Hip Pain: Hip pain and injury can be caused by lack of flexibility and tightness in the leg muscles. This can result in a strain in the hip flexor as well as inflammation along the outside of the hip. These injuries can oftentimes cause limited motion and a change in running mechanics, leading to additional injuries.

Runners Knee: ‘Runners knee’ or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a term used when pain is caused by overuse due to the repeated bending and straightening motion of the knee. A runner can also experience this condition by compromised running mechanics and the overall volume of running miles. This injury can cause differing levels of pain and a grinding or popping sound during movement of the knee.

Tips to Avoid Injury

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