June 4, 2024, 9:50 a.m.

Running injuries can be complex because there are many variables that can be contributing risk factors for injury. Theresa Coverick, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Young Athlete Center, talks about common risk factors for running injuries.

The four most common risk factors for running injuries include:

  • Runners new to the sport
  • High weekly mileage or intensity
  • A history of previous injury
  • A competitive training motive

Another important variable for running injury risk is poor running form. Athletes are usually trained on how to perform various skills with good form, but this is often overlooked in running.

If you feel that your child is struggling with running injuries, be sure to talk with their pediatrician. Appropriate referrals can be made to Children’s Young Athlete Center, where professionals can address their individual needs.

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