Runners who develop good proprioception will be more likely to avoid injury, and specifically ankle sprain, particularly when running on uneven terrain. Proprioception is the sense that enables the brain to orientate where the body’s limbs and joints are in space.
Last month saw the North Face 100 trail run take place in Singapore, and on November 25th, many of you will participate in the Salomon X-Trail Run. For me, this is what running is all about. It’s a chance to escape from the concrete jungle and return to nature, and it provides the opportunity to run in an environment closer to that in which humans evolved to run.
Many runners will experience injury at some point in their running career. Hopefully for most these will be minor and will not affect them greatly. For others, these could threaten to prevent them from enjoying their sport temporarily or, in the worst cases, permanently. Prevention is definitely better than cure when it comes to running injuries!
Endurance running is in the genetic make-up of every human being. It’s one of the things that we have evolved to do. When you compare many of the physical attributes of man, such as strength, speed and agility, with that of other members of the animal kingdom, we don’t fare so well.