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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Running on roads and the effects on your health

    Running accidents such as slips, trips and falls can occur no matter where you run or how experienced you are. Yet, there are more severe health risks associated with this pastime, especially when running on roads.

    What are the risks associated with running on roads?

    Many runners prefer to take to country lanes, woods and parks, where the ground is uneven and provides a greater workout. In urban areas, such scenic routes are not always available to running enthusiasts, and so running on roads becomes the only viable option.

    While maintaining an active lifestyle is essential for overall good health, there are some health risks associated with running on roads. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Trips and falls due to poorly maintained ground, including cracks and potholes 
    • Stress on joints and muscles, due to harsh impact with hard ground
    • Shattering of blood cellsleading to difficulty in carrying oxygen around the body to vital organs
    • Shin splints are one of the most common negative health effects of running on roads

    Minimising the risks associated with running on roads

    If running on roads is your only option, then there are ways of reducing the risk to your health.

    It is vital that you invest in specialist, fitted running shoes that provides adequate ankle support and sufficient cushioning for your feet. This cushioning will reduce the impact on your joints and muscles as your feet make contact with the floor.

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    Remember to listen to your body. If at any time you feel pain in your ankles or knees, it is time to rest from running on roads and get advice from a professional fitness instructor.

    Claiming compensation for running-related accidents

    If you have been injured while running on roads through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.

    When your accident is caused by an issue with the road, such as a fall due to cracks or potholes, it could be that your local authority is liable for your running injuries.

    Accident Advice Helpline

    For more information on how to claim personal injury compensation, speak with one of Accident Advice Helpline’s friendly advisors today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice


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