Should I Run Through Pain? A Visual Guide to Pain
Should I Run Through Pain? A Visual Pain Guide
Many runners, both injured and uninjured are unsure of whether they should run or rest when they feel a ‘niggle’, ‘strain’, or pain.
If the runner makes the wrong decision it can have an impact on the speed at which they can progress with their recovery from injury. Similarly the wrong decision can worsen an injury or condition, resulting in lengthened time to pain resolution.
There are several ‘guidelines’ that I regularly advise runners to take note of in trying to determine whether they should run or rest.
I have included these guidelines in a pdf document.
Click here to download: POGO Running Scale – Exercise Guide
In short if you experience a pain that exceeds 3/10 pain when running, immediately after running, or the next day on getting out of bed, proceed with caution in terms of your next run, it is likely better that you rest from your schedules training session that day, or you supplement it for cross training.
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For further information around when to run or when to rest check out Step 5 ‘The Power of Rest’ in my Amazon Bestselling book You CAN Run Pain Free. Click HERE to discover more.
Brad Beer (APAM)
Physiotherapist, Author, Founder POGO Physio, Runner