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RECOVERY POSITIONS

WHY TAKE YOUR INJURY RECOVERY LYING DOWN? RESEARCH SHOWS THAT IN ORDER TO REGAIN BOTH YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRENGTH FASTER YOU NEED TO KEEP ON YOUR FEET

INJURY REHAB

When injured, a runner’s ‘I’ve got to remain active’ mindset is not unique among athletes. The physios, doctors and running repair specialists even agree that it pays to keep blood, body and mind circulating as much as possible during a lay off. “Non-impact exercises are great for rehabilitation,” suggests Peter Dipple, MSMA Soft Tissue Therapist. “It offloads the injured area whilst enabling you to maintain fitness, build muscle, increase flexibility, burn calories and promote blood flow which helps speeds up recovery.”

Dipple lists stationary cycling, deep water walking/running, swimming, rowing, Pilates, core workouts such as dead bugs and some forms of yoga as great non-impact exercises. “Just speak to a specialist to see which activity will best help you recover,” he adds. “Sports massages, foam rolling and stretches throughout your rehab will help with flexibility and mobility, take pressure off of injured and healthy muscles and reduce tightness and potential new injuries.”

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Discover the best running gear of 2017 with the December issue of Men’s Running. In our annual Men's Running Awards, our team of real runners has tried and tested over 1,000 products to give you an impartial guide to the very best shoes, kit, tech and nutrition of 2017. We're not just helping to fill out your Christmas lists, though; this issue, we sent writer Matt Maynard to the wild forests of Sweden to find out, among other things, what it's like to run with wolves. Hopefully it inspires you to set out on your own running adventure, away from the stresses and strains of everyday life – deadly animals optional. Elsewhere, regular contributors Steve Way and Rob Kemp both turn their attentions to the subject of staying fit while injured. The impact nature of our sport means we’re all destined for at least a brief spell on the sidelines, but it's what you do during your injury lay-off that determines how quickly you can get back into the swing of things. All that, plus the usual run-boosting advice, inspiration and race reports in the December issue of Men's Running.
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