Hospitals Seeing Increased Pace In Running Injuries

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The early spring weather means more people are out training. In fact, more people are running than ever before, and with the sport comes some pain and serious injuries.

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute has seen an 86 percent increase in the number of people needing physical therapy from a running injury.

While those injuries used to fall with male runners, there’s been a shift towards female runners. Sixty percent of injured runners are females.

A lot of people are just taking running too far. They’re overtraining and the biggest injuries therapists are seeing are knee injuries.

Laura Erickson injured her left knee last fall. She’s been running for more than 20 years. But she was quite literally stopped in her tracks when her passion for running turned painful.

“I was a little bummed out and thought I was never be able to run again, depending on what the injury was,” she said.

Her physical therapist at Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute taped her running, to see how she lands.
Her pelvis isn’t level, and her left leg and knee rotate inwards.

“That’s what’s leading to the injury,” said physical therapist Lisa Zeman, who’s now correcting Erickson’s injury with therapy. “There’s a lot that goes into the training and even running technique that can reduce your chance of an overuse injury.”

Runners should remember a 10 percent mileage increase each week is the limit. Erickson injured herself taking it too far.

Also, remember to race and train at the level that you are comfortable with. Be honest with yourself.

Be sure you’re wearing the right shoe when you run, too. Zeman suggests visiting a running store to find it.

She also suggests keeping a log to tell how far you’ve been running and what time period you exercised.

“We want runners to run healthy and safely,” said Zeman.

Now, Erickson is feeling better and running again.

“I’m back up to 6 miles, and hoping to do a half marathon soon,” she said.

The pain is gone, but Erickson’s passion is certainly still there.

For more information, click on the links below:
HealthPartners Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
Regions Rehabilitation Institute
Info on programs, classes and assessments

  • Fresno

    “more people are running than ever before”…according to?

    • Frankie

      Just because your little brain cannot figure out there are people with different intrests than you, there should still be a filter saying will I look reeal stupid?

      Running is up because ssales are up. They track merchandise salles. One can also consider iit is less expensive to go run outside than pay for a gym membership. You sound as smart as kevin

      • kevin

        Why the insult? Am I dumb because I am a conservative? At least I know how to spell ‘sales’. The above commenter had a good question. Who tracks the # of people that run from year to year? is it based on shoe sales, or race registrations? It is a popular sport that I personally enjoy.


    I don’t mean to be a downer, but looking round at the size of alot of ppl I don’t think enuf ppl are taking up the sport.

    • Uncle Rico

      the fatties are out there trying, they are also the ones injuring themselves most frequently. The “race” they had over on Harriet the other week was bloated fat bodies. All of them walking and eating snacks at the same time while making their way to the beer tent. Pathetic.

    • sue

      I would normally agree with you but I did a 7k last weekend and I was surprised at the amount of “round” people in the race!!! Some walked the whole way but some did try to run a little. At least they are attempting to be healthy!!

  • tammy

    The best indicator of more people running would be entries to races. Running shoes/attire sales would also be a good barometer.

  • Mark

    Nasty, spiteful comments and personal attacks on an article about… running?


    I think I’m just going to stop reading comments on online articles, period. It’s depressing.

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