Women’s Health: Running Wrong Will Ruin Your Joints
Women runners tend to get more injuries than men. Women also tend to have less strength in their hips and core compared to men. Typically, women tend to have strong quadriceps and weaker hamstrings. Collectively, weaker hips, cores and hamstrings cause women to run with a collapsed posture. This causes the knees to rub against each other and the feet to roll inward (pronate).
RUNNING WRONG – GET IT RIGHT
To offset injury adjust your style of running. Most runners are heel strikers. Heel striking is believed by many running experts to cause higher impact than landing near the middle or front of the foot, possibly contributing to an increased risk of injuries.
Consciously change your landing at the midfoot. Don’t lead with the heel to soften the impact.
Increase your cadence slightly, (the number of steps per minute) to reduce the pounding from each stride.