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Avoiding Injury While Training

A reader wrote to me and asked about the relationship between athletic training and injury. The question was, "I tried running and my knees and ankles hurt every day. How can I run without suffering some type of injury?"

 This is an excellent question. Thousands of scientists, doctors, coaches and athletic trainers all over the world have done extensive research on how to avoid injury. I am not an expert; however, I can speak from personal experience: I have never had a joint-related injury during my entire lifetime. I have never injured my knees, hips or ankles and I have never had back pain. I did suffer from pain after running my first marathon; however, the pain subsided after 48 hours and I had no permanent injury and no joint problems.

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