The last thing you want is to get an injury while you’re out running. Whether you’re an experienced runner who’s run several marathons or you’re a recreational runner mainly wanting to improve your condition, running is an intense form of exercise for every runner. You demand a lot from your body, because you use your stamina, strength and agility for a long period of time. Good physical preparation, good sports equipment and any advice from a professional are necessary so that you can enjoy your run to the fullest. This gives you the best chance of preventing running injuries to your knees, Achilles tendons, calves and shins. Check Veiligheid NL’s website
for useful tips on preventing injuries. If you suffer an injury while running, check out the Sportzorg website
to find out which steps you need to take.
Running in hot weather
Want to be prepared for everything? Information about running in hot temperatures is available here.
The risks of running
Exercising is healthy – it ensures a good physical condition and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Besides the fact that running is fun and good for you, it can also involve risks. Unfortunately, every year we are startled by the sudden death of an athlete. This happens to 150-200 athletes every year. The number of runners who die of sudden cardiac death each year is about 1 in every 100,000 runners, with men at a higher risk than women. The cause of sudden cardiac death strongly depends on the age of the athlete. In athletes below the age of 35, it is usually the result of a congenital heart defect. In athletes over 35, it is almost always a narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can cause an insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscle and may lead to a heart attack. In 20% of cases, sudden death during or shortly after running is the result of a heart attack. In 80% of cases, it is overheating (heat stroke), which can lead to death. In a heart attack, it is not the running that is the cause of acute cardiac death, but the underlying heart problem. In a heat stroke, the body temperature has risen so high that it reduces the ability of organs such as the heart to function. A questionnaire has been created that can help you work out whether you are at an increased risk of these kinds of serious problems during your sports activities. Answer the questions below to see what the advice is for you. Go to the questionnaire. To prevent heat stroke, read the section on heat stroke.