Becoming Resistant to Running Injuries

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In this podcast episode we speak with physical therapy doctor, Ben Shatto, about how you can become more resistant to running injuries. And in the quick tip segment Angie shares thoughts on staying fit during the holidays.

Becoming Resistant to Running Injuries

Dr. Ben ShattoDr. Ben Shatto, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is a physical therapist who specializes in managing orthopedic conditions and strength and conditioning. Ben has been running since 2005.

He is co-creator of the Resilient Runner Program for Prevention and Self-Treatment of Injury.

Interview Questions:

  1. Why do you think that some people are more prone to running injuries?
  2. For a newer runner (or someone who has been running for any length of time), what are some key ways that people can prevent injuries from occurring in the first place?
  3. I think strength training for runners is becoming more of the norm rather than something that’s controversial. But we get the question about what type of strength training runners should be doing. What are your thoughts on this?
  4. How can a runner differentiate between discomfort and pain that they can run through, something that they should self treat, and when to seek outside help?
  5. Are there things that we can be doing in our normal life (like posture) that can translate into us becoming more resistant to injury?
  6. I recently began working with a physical therapist for a hamstring issue and also shoulder pain. Do you think that runners assume that physical therapy is only for the severely injured runner? When should a runner seek the assistance of a physical therapist?

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3 Responses to Becoming Resistant to Running Injuries

  1. Norm November 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm #


    Probably one type of injury that is under-discussed is those one gets from falling while running. I fell on the sidewalk during the summer and ended up with two broken ribs and a 6-week layoff. Ugh, I fell again today on the same ribs [on the trail] and they hurt again. Not sure how long I’ll be out. Friends of mine have gotten hurt falling too. I don’t have any other typical running injuries.


  2. Jaime Mack November 19, 2020 at 6:43 am #

    Hi Norm,

    I agree! I would love to hear a MTA episode on what we can do to avoid falling while running; especially as we age. I have been lucky and largely avoided falling even on trails. However, many of my aging friends find falling a frequent and injury-causing experience. Is it that we are losing flexibility? Are our fast-twitch muscles failing us? Do we need to increase upper leg strength to “pick up our feet”?

    Help Angie and Trevor!


    • Norm November 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm #

      Hi Jaime – I am 61 and I run with people 20 years younger and they’ve fallen too. My summertime flop was the worst. As we get older, falls can lead to more serious injuries. Some things that might help:
      a] Avoid running on sidewalks unless you know for a fact that they are smooth.
      b] Run in the daytime if possible [not for me]
      c] Avoid rocky/rough trails, or trails with exposed roots
      d] Be extra attentive when running on trails
      e] Run downhill slowly
      f] Learn how to fall better [though it catches one by so much surprise sometimes, there’s not much you can do]

      It’s probably just a hazard of the sport.

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