Proper Form: What Is The Best Way To Run And Prevent Injury?

Print icon

Everyone has a different way of running. It’s based on your body and the mechanics of how you place your foot and movement.

To prevent injury while running,  start with a dynamic warmup and gradually increase your heart rate and core temperature.

Shoes are important. Monitor how many miles you put on them, replacing them yearly or every 500 miles you run.

Staying hydrated is also a key element to prevent cramping and overheating. If it’s a hot day, drink before you are thirsty and drink fluids consistently throughout your run. It is also important to avoid running during the warmest part of the day.

How to prepare for the Hartford Marathon:

Make sure to keep your muscles strong. Do this by cross training. Work out a different set of muscles each day. As an example, do strength training one day on your legs, another day core and another day upper body. You can also improve endurance by biking or running on an elliptical machine.

Stretching before and after the race:

To improve your form, have your movement analyzed at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital.

At the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, runners are welcome to come get an assessment in the brand new state-of-the-art motion analysis center.

What's New

Tweeting for CME’s: The New Way to Earn Continuing Medical Education Hours

You’re a busy professional in the demanding field of healthcare. One of the demands on you is finding the time to take Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours to keep abreast of the latest innovations in healthcare – not to mention maintain your licensure and accreditation! Hartford HealthCare’s Department of Continuing...

Readers: What Would You Like to See in the Next Newsletter?

We hope you’re enjoying your email newsletter. Our goal each month is to give you a rich blend of topical health information, tips and commentary from our medical professionals and updates on some of the latest Hartford HealthCare medical news and services that might interest you. Let us know if...

Back to School, Back To Sports, Back to Concussion Prevention

It’s back-to-school time. For many kids, that also means back to a variety of sporting activities. But before your child takes to the field, keep in mind the potential injuries – especially concussions. Dr. Subramani (Manny) Seetharma is the medical director for the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Concussion Clinic. Q:...

Chase Family Movement Disorder Center Expands to Plainfield

Patients with movement disorders in Eastern Connecticut now have a choice for comprehensive, specialized treatment close to home. Earlier this month, the Hartford HealthCare Chase Family Movement Disorders Center opened a new office at the Hartford HealthCare Health Center at  in Plainfield.  Along with the addition of the Plainfield facility, the...

New Haven Overdoses: Why K2 Is So Much More Dangerous Than Marijuana

A day after 76 overdoses on the New Haven Green attributed to a synthetic marijuana known as K2, officials responded to 19 more overdoses by late afternoon Thursday and warned that more drugs from the batch is still in the community. “’Synthetic marijuana’ is actually not marijuana at all,” says Dr....

Woman sitting at laptop.

How Linear Accelerator Technology Can Reduce Cancer Treatments

More than a year after being installed, Backus Radiation Oncology’s linear accelerator is being used in new ways to help patients fight cancer. In operation since last July, the new equipment uses a higher, more targeted dose of radiation for small tumors in various parts of the body. These precisely...

Elderly patient.

Geriatrician Joins Windham Hospital Staff

Geriatrician Mamta Singh is now accepting new patients at the Windham Hospital Family Health Center at 5 Founders St., Suite 100 in Willimantic. Her areas of interest include geriatric consultation, preventive health, cognitive decline in older adults, dementia, behavioral disturbances in advanced dementia, fall assessment, multiple morbidity and functional losses...