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By Ryan Warrenburg • For Active.com My college coach said the best thing you can do to become a better runner is to run, and this is true. That being said, the development of core strength is an important way to improve running biomechanics and correct imbalances that can lead to injury.
Runners often wind up with injuries without any obvious traumatic event to cause an injury. Most of these are the result of a wide variety of factors that over time lead to chronic problems. These are often termed overuse injuries. Following is a checklist of the most common causes of running injuries and possible treatment options.
The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that run along the outside of the thigh. It begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint. The IT band acts primarily as a stabilizer during running and may become irritated from overuse. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common running injury that is generally due to inflammation and irritation of this band.