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Preventing Winter Running Injury

Posted by on January 8th, 2012 with 0 Comments

I have a lot of athlete patients coming in when the weather starts getting cold. As your body tries to adjust to the winter weather there are a few key home therapies that can help minimize your chance of injury. You may already know and do a few of these but if not, here are three that will help you reach your maximal potential during winter months.

Start Warm

Injuries that occur at the beginning of exercises can be avoided by properly warming up. When it’s cold outside do not just wait for your body to warm up naturally by starting cold. Raise your temperature beforehand and avoid those “easily-avoidable” injuries. For example – Get dressed for your exercise and right before you leave do two sets of jumping jacks with a set of pushups in between. If you warm up inside your house your temperature will rise quickly in your gear and then you’ll be nice and warm for the exercise.


There is a reason why you see ice being thrown on a professional athlete the moment they get done performing. Even in the winter months it is important for you to cool down those muscles and reduce inflammation after you exercise. If you feel something “new” or have a “hot spot”, ice and stretch it after you finish. Remember, all chronic injuries have a start date.

Don’t Ignore Injuries

Lastly – If something hurts, take care of it. Some people never take a break from exercising. Do not let an injury ruin the your next event. Do whatever you need to get back to where you want to be. Taking time off will not cure all injuries, so be proactive and find someone to help you if you need it. I use Active Release Techniques (ART) on all of my patients due to quick recovery times and immediate improved function in many cases.

Train Smart, Race Hard!
Walter Olsen, DC

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