By Hamed Ahmadpour – Kinesiologist
What is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a small crack or severe bruising in a bone. They are a relatively common overuse injury in runners and physically active people. Over 80% of stress fractures occur in the legs of those affected.
When do stress fractures occur?
Stress fractures occur when muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb added shock. Eventually, the fatigued muscle transfers the overload of stress to the bone causing a tiny crack.
Some factors that contribute to stress fractures are:
● Poor Technique and biomechanics
● Improper equipment including footwear
● Contact surface
How can Kinesiology help?
Depending on the severity of a fracture, it might take at least 6-12 weeks of no running . It is important to have patience and not to push through pain since this will only make the issue worse.
During this time it is highly recommended to consult with your kinesiologist and get involved in cross training. Engaging in strength training, riding a stationary bike and swimming can help you maintain fitness and even improve your physical fitness.
Getting your muscles strong will help protect the bones and reduce the risk of future stress fractures.
QubeCore Sports & Rehab offers Kinesiology in North Vancouver for a wide range of injuries and conditions.
To book your Kinesiology treatment, please call the clinic or book online with one of our kinesiologists.