If Sara is going to start in the Run Forest Run 10 kilometers this Saturday, is still the question. Her left knee isn’t fine yet. This weekend I spoke to my half brother Martijn. The topic? His knee injury. Recently Matteo was here. I looked at his knee injury. And my last running problem? My knee. That’s too many knee injuries.
Matteo was struggling with the inside of his knee. His problem was the same as mine, caused by the Sartorius; the muscle that runs from the outside of your hip to the inside of your knee. If you have trigger points in this muscle there is a big chance you will feel it on the inside of your knee.
Sara’s problem is the same as Martijn’s problem. Pain on the outside of the knee, caused by the Tibialis Anterior, or better by trigger points in the Tibialis Anterior. For both of them the reason is the same; too much running in too little time.
Sara started out slow, but we – I have to say we, because we always run together – got too enthusiastic, and we started running too many long distances in a too short time frame. She’s a great runner, but she doesn’t have a runner’s history. Her body has to get used to running more.
Martijn has always been running a lot. Yet, during COVID he increased his mileage considerably. As a result his Tibialis Anterior played up as well, giving him a painful knee. At least, that’s my guess, based on the things he told me last weekend.
Sara and Matteo I had on the massage table. With them I’m sure what has caused the injury. It’s kind of my profession to know. I mean, I am a massage therapist.
Seeing all these knee injuries, I think I should address them more here on the blog. Not just what causes them, but also how you can treat them and how to prevent them. So stay tuned for a new series of running injuries.