At London Doctors Clinic, we are certainly not against running marathons – quite the opposite, we have celebrated the London Marathon this week by releasing lots of information on training and racing. Indeed, marathons are a great way to challenge yourself personally or raise money for charity. However, there are a number of ways in which marathon running can affect your health. In articles published on MSN, Yahoo News, Cosmopolitan and Esquire, Dr Seth Rankin highlights the parts or areas of your body that are susceptible to damage and, more importantly, the best ways to minimise your risks of such damage! For example:
Recent research has found that “80% of marathon finishers showed signs of kidney injury by the end of the race”. While this is normally reversible, it is essential to stay hydrated.
Watch out for exertional rhabdomyolysis, a condition which has a number of causes, including overexertion, high temperatures and dehydration. To prevent this, warm up properly!
3. Ligaments and Tendons
Ligament tears and sprains can easily occur during marathon running. So, be careful on uneven ground, avoid jerking movements and stretch before the race.
Because running on hard surfaces over time has the potential to cause damage, cushioned trainers are very, very important!
5. The Heart
Sadly, in a race where thousands of people are taking part, there’s often someone that suffers a cardiac event (most likely due to undiagnosed heart problems). If you’re worried, look out for symptoms and consider having an ECG prior to the race.
Other areas mentioned are those affected by chafing, the nipples (joggers nipple), the immune system, feet and the mind. To read the full article, visit the MSN website (or any of the mentioned sites: Yahoo News, Cosmopolitan and Esquire). For other GP services, including those all important sporting medical certificates, book an appointment at any of our GP surgeries.