Low back pain is the most common musculoskeletal problem people get with anything up to 90% of people experiencing back pain at some point in their life.
It is also common among runners, although some runners might except this as part of the course.
Low back pain for runners can arise from:
- Tight hip flexors that fail to allow full hip extension, causing lumbar stress
- Poor core stability, where the lumbar spine and pelvis fail to stay stable as the hip pushes off
- Being too upright in the stride, resulting in compensatory extension from the low back; and/or
- Excessive trunk rotation due to an inefficient arm swing.
These biomechanical issues can be addressed through appropriate exercises and altering running techniques.
Being aware of how you walk can assist with your running technique. The same inefficient habits often occur when walking. Be sure to maintain a light, forward trunk and extend powerfully with your hips behind you, even when walking. Efficient running begins with efficient walking!
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