Mookie4ever wrote:Are the sprains attributable to the XC? I've tried running trails to save wear and tear on my knees but when you zone out you risk turning an ankle on uneven ground. I much prefer road running. I've read in running mags that the risk on your knees of road running is really urban myth and is not supported by medical evidence. I read about a very long term medical trial that showed no difference between the knees of marathoners who run on roads, XC runners and people who don't run at all. I've looked for this report online but can't find it. You can find it in the last issue of Canadian Running mag.
There's not much that you can do about the foot injury but the hammy and calf injuries can be avoided by proper stretching and not overextending yourself.
Yeah they are. I usually pretty much am zoned out when i run and the trails near our school has a lot of roots that stick out, and some uneven parts that have been washed out.
The calf/hamstring problems are from stretching. We do stretch out well but usually our coach doesnt start our workout until about 5 minutes after the stretch usually for one reason or another. I usually I try to keep stretching until we start. I prefer running on the road most of the time too. I usually try to run through these injuries and that is when the real problems start.