As the world’s biggest marathon, the New York Marathon is one of the most popular personal fitness challenges for runners across the globe. In the last 45 years, the event has grown from a small-scale Central Park race with less than 60 competitors, to the huge occasion it is today, with 50,530 finishers in 2014.
New York Marathon accidents and injuries
As well as slips, trips and falls in running, when you participate in a marathon you are subjecting your body to a high-intensity activity, which requires a significant level of preparation, including bespoke training regimes, diets and exercise to maintain a good general level of fitness.
While all competitors have a chance of experiencing a trip or a fall while running the New York Marathon, there are some guidelines which, when adhered to, can help minimise the risk of marathon-related injuries.
- Take things steady. Use a progressive training programme and gradually build up distance and speed. This will help reduce running-related injury due to overexertion and is the best way to prepare your body to minimise the risk of injury during the marathon.
- If you feel any amount of pain, seek medical help. Whether you speak with your fitness coach or your local GP, over-cautious is better than sustaining a critical running-related injury that could prevent you from competing or make the marathon an agonising experience.
- Always warm up with stretches and cool down properly before and after you run, both during training and on the day of the event.
- Sleep well during training periods, as well as before and after the marathon. This is the time that the muscles repair themselves, and so poor patterns of sleep lead to unrepaired and painful muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- When you are running long distance on varying terrain, as you will in the New York Marathon, it is important to invest in a pair of well-fitting running shoes that will support your foot during the event. This prevents running-related injuries, as well as trips and falls, by allowing the foot to roll naturally, providing cushioning and support during the activity. Say goodbye to shin splints!
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been injured due to a sport-related accident and believe you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, Accident Advice Helpline can help you determine who is liable and whether or not you have a valid case to claim personal injury compensation.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for a free initial consultation, with no pressure to pursue your claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice