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The biggest predictor of future injury lies in your injury history so looking into your injury history will play an important roll in deciding on what needs to be done. If you have previously injured your ankle, knee or hip these are areas we need to investigate from the point of view of how they affect the way you move. Two of the more important things that we are looking out for in the clinic are asymmetries and pain.When we are assessing movement we are looking to see both how good it is and does it cause pain.

I wanted to let you know about this great little blog by Mandy and Owain Williams Running Beside Me. It covers their own running experiences, reviews of different products, general thoughts and ramblings plus they organise a little trail running group the Foxy Trail Runners...

This isn't an uncommon thing to hear from anyone unfortunate enough to suffer regular ankle injuries. The likely hood that you have weak ankles is very low even if you are spraining one or both of them regularly. The cause of the problem is more likely one of poor communication between the brain and the muscles surrounding your ankle which results in a loss of what we call proprioception.

The lower leg and feet take something of a pasting when you run given that the forces they have to deal with start at around 3 times your body weight and go up form there, peak forces through the soleus muscle are around 7 times body weight at normal running speeds.  So you can see it's pretty important to keep them in top shape. Plus when you consider that these forces are at slower running speeds not sprinting where they can go up to 7 or 8 times your body weight any interval session is going to be even more stressful.

With the Edinburgh Marathon festival having just finished many will be thinking about their next challenge be it stepping up to the marathon having complete the half or looking at setting a PB in the next marathon. Whatever challenge the next race is it's worth setting some goals and looking to formulate some sort of training plan. It's estimated that for those tackling the marathon around 90%, yes you read that correctly 90%, will pick up some sort of injury. This is simply down to the training being tough. You need to get used to spending a lot of time on your feet and it gets to the stage where a short run is 5 or 6 miles. Not all of these injuries will be significant in terms of lost training time but it still highlights how demanding the training is.

Sore knees area common complaint with runners with around 10% experiencing some sort of knee pain in any given year. Given it's so common what causes it and what can you do about it? Generally most injuries runner pick up are of a "repetitive strain" nature which, given the nature of running, isn't really that big a surprise. There aren't really many demands in terms of changing direction or speed. It is very much about simply putting one foot in front of the other and looking to move as efficiently as possible.

We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with information, be it 24 hour news on TV or on our phones, which are more power in computing terms than the most advanced IBM mainframe of 30 years ago,  we get a stream of texts, emails, Facebook notifications to twitter and on it goes. You can add into this doing all the tasks that other people used to do for you. Going on holiday? You went to the travel agent and they sorted it out for you. Need to do some banking? do it online etc, etc.