There is and has been for sometime a big discussion on which part of the foot you should strike the ground with first when we are running. The rearfoot strike has been said to be the worst way possible to run and you should strike first with the fore to midfoot in order to reduce injuries, increase running economy and perhaps even bring about world peace.
This article by Tom Goom at Running Physio looks at whether or not you should switch to a more forefoot running pattern or not.
Another great infographic from Yan Le Meur
This is a good article, with lots of references so you can do some further reading if you wish, on Injury prevention and management.
Two take away points were;
· SS(static stretching) does not appear to reduce injury risk and any effect on earlier return to sport is of marginal clinical significance.
· In contrast, a graduated strength training program appears to significantly reduce injury risk and significantly reduce the time to return to sport after injury.
Injury prevention and management among athletic populations