This Sunday was the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 2014 which saw thousands of people taking part in the race through the city centre. It’s a great marathon and is actually the flattest marathon course in the UK with only 54m of elevation. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the race, and who no doubt trained extremely hard and raised a lot of money for their chosen charities.


Marathons are great, but they do require a lot of training; however, as long as you’re fairly fit, anyone can feasibly complete a marathon, however you can pick up a few injuries along the way. Working in physiotherapy in Manchester, we have many clients who are marathon runners so we’ve seen first-hand how much training is involved and the most common injuries that occur with regular runners.

In an ideal world, no one would pick up sports injuries, but realistically it’s just not going to happen. With people who run regularly, knee injuries are a common occurrence, in fact, 40% of running injuries are knee related. Patello femoral pain or “runner’s knee” is something we see a lot and is irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap. No doubt some of the marathon runners on Sunday will have suffered from this and will be in need of some physiotherapy in Manchester.

Here are some of the other common injuries runners tend to pick up:

  • Plantar Fasciitis – 15% of running injuries
  • Shin splints – 15% of running injuries
  • Ilio tibial Band Syndrome – 12% of running injuries
  • Achilles Tendinitis – 11% of running injuries
  • Hamstring strain – 7% of running injuries

Fortunately, here at Advance Physio, we are experienced in treating all of these injuries and can do our best to get you back in training for your next marathon or event race. Nobody likes to be limited in what they can do and we appreciate how frustrating it can be to be out with an injury. That’s why we aim to get you fit as quickly as possible, however; we will always give you the best, most complete rehabilitation and will advise you when we think you’re able to train safely. For physiotherapy in Manchester contact us today.

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