5 top tips to stay injury free in winter
Winter training is never fun, but itâ€™s the time where you need to get the ground work in ready for the next up and coming season or event. Weather you are training for a ironman or your first 5 K keeping injury free during the winter season is essential for you achieving your goals in 2012.
- Get every niggle checked. Summit runs free injury clinics every week. Therefore come and have a chat with one of our fully qualifies musculoskeletal and sports injury specialist clinicians
- Check your footwear. If the roads or trails get icy (and they will) you need to have good tread on your soles.
- Get fit for skiing. Most injuries occur on the ski slopes when your tired (or in Andyâ€™s case because he is a rubbish skier!). Strengthen your legs doing squats and progress to single leg squats ready for the week on the slopes!
- Make sure you cool down after exercise. Even though you may have been for a run in the cold you still need to cool down. We suggest a gentle walk with some light dynamic stretches
- Proprioception and balance work. Be prepared for the ice and frozen ground by training you ankle muscles to better support your body when out running. Begin by just standing on one leg, then progress to closing your eyes. The aim is to hold this for 30 seconds with minimal movement from your central axis.