As much as I hate to admit it, I’ve had my fair share of running injuries during the past few years. With each injury, I’ve spent some time in physical therapy where I’ve learned a lot. In the past, I always went for the bigger, flashier strength training exercises, thinking that I was gaining more. The more complicated the better, right? Not so much. The basics work. It’s all you need. However, what’s the key to making the basic exercises work?
Doing them. Consistently. And with good form.
On a side note, I had been doing my PT exercises quite faithfully this winter/spring. By the time I was discharged from PT in early March, my strength and ROM gains were huge compared to where I started. My doctor and PT’s don’t have any answers for why I got injured other than injuries can sometimes just happen for no reason. And that really, really sucks!
The good news is that since I did keep up with my PT exercises, my recovery will hopefully be quicker than if I didn’t. Fingers crossed that’s my case.
Below are 16 of the best injury recovery exercises for runners. Most of these exercises will be prescribed to any runner (or anybody) with a lower extremity injury. They are quite basic but very effective in strengthening the core, hips and all the way down the legs. These exercises aren’t just for recovery. They are for maintenance of a strong foundation.
Exercise descriptions can be found here – > Core strength for runners
Exercise descriptions can be found here – > Hip Strengthening Exercises for Runners
Disclaimer: These exercises were prescribed to me by my own personal physical therapist throughout the years for various injuries. Always be sure to consult your own PT when faced with an injury. Every BODY is different.
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What are your favorite injury prevention/recovery exercises?