Friday, December 4, 2009

Two Ways to Reduce Tibial Stress Fracture Risk

1. “It does seem as if strengthening the calf muscles may be a very easy way to reduce fracture risk ” .

2. The researchers determined that reducing stride length by about 10 percent seemed to reduce the stress on the tibia enough to lower the risk of a stress fracture.

source: -nytimes

2008 New York City Marathon

MY COMMENT: Common sense might suggest strengthening the anterior leg muscles to reduce stress fracture risk, however this finding suggests weak calf muscles may be the culprit. Add simiple toe raises into your daily routine!

Reducing stride length is a no brainer for those who strike heel first out in front of their hips. (see my earlier post here).

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