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This is going to be a short post since I didn’t have much time this weekend to work on my blog. I was up in Bend, Oregon with some old college friends and all the outdoor activities we participated in have wiped me out. Over the long weekend, we did some swimming, hiking, running, and stand up paddle boarding. Within each of those activities are a unique set of movement patterns. If you were to continually move in the same pattern, over and over again, it’s possible that overuse injuries could become a problem. I used to run a lot, and my body broke down. I was plagued with Achilles tendon problems. This isn’t to say that everyone who participates in only one sport is going to be plagued with overuse injuries, but it could definitely increase the risk. Here are a few training errors that could be a problem, according to the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. Training errors in a sport are rapid increases of the following:

  1. Intensity
  2. Frequency
  3. Duration

Other causes include:

  1. Technique/Form
  2. Strength and Flexibility Imbalances
  3. Body Alignment Problems
  4. Old Injuries
  5. Improper Equipment
  6. Participation in only one sport

It helped me when I switched from predominately running to triathlon training. It as helped me to add even more activities, such as strength training, and other forms of conditioning such as hiking and kayaking (to name a few). Notice that we did some activities that were primarily upper body and core, swimming and stand up paddle boarding, but we also ran and hiked, predominately lower body activities. This gave us a lot of variation in our movement patterns and helps to avoid a chronic overuse injury. So my challenge to you, is to do some cross training and reduce your risk for a possible overuse injury. Try some new things and have fun!

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