Injured Runner – stretching

Should you stretch before or stretch after running?

We found that stretching after running has produced the best results. If stretching before as a warm up, stretch each area for five to ten seconds.

Injured from running? We recommend stretching twice a day to speed up the recovery process. Gently stretching the injured area for 30 seconds before you run will help loosen tight muscles.

Hamstrings, the muscle in your back thigh, can often become strained while or after running. This strain is commonly found when people are speed training or racing.

A slight strain will allow you to continue running, but will recur if you begin speed training too soon. You are best off eliminating speed workouts for a week then resume gradually.

Here are 3 quick tips on stopping the hamstrings from flaming up?

  1. Often people will take oral medicine for their flare ups, like Ibuprofen. We find using a Ibunex would be better than an oral medicine because this is a spray and doesn’t cause harmful side effects. This spray (Ibunex) absorbs more quickly than other topical sprays and includes Ibuprofen, Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, MSM and Bromelain.
  2. Another tip is icing your hamstrings, which is also an anti-inflammatory solution.
  3. Stretching out hamstrings are another great way to solve the problem. We have two links of stretching tips.