Injuries & Prevention

7 Stretches to Prevent Running Injuries

7 Stretches to Prevent Running Injuries

Stretching after you run can help prevent running injuries. Dr. Dane Treat shares his top 7 stretches for runners to perform on a regular basis.

This video covers these runner specific muscle groups

  1. Hamstrings
  2. Hip Flexors
  3. Glutes and Piriformis
  4. Quadriceps
  5. Groin or Adductors
  6. Iliotibial Band
  7. Calf

Stretching Tips

  • Stretch after you run. Never stretch cold muscles.
  • Hold stretch 15-30 seconds. Alternate legs between stretches.
  • Don’t Bounce. Hold steady and slowly increase the stretch.
  • Do 3-5 stretches on each leg. You should stretch almost every day of the week.

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Hello! I am a Phoenix-area Family and Sports Medicine Physician with a big interest in exercise and fitness. I grew up in Oklahoma, attended OSU undergrad and arch rival OU medical school. I did my Family Medicine training at Good Samaritan Family Practice Residency in Phoenix, and my Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I currently work for a group of Urgent Cares as well as for a large local company as the Primary Care physician for it's employees. I'm married and we have a beautiful little girl who will no doubt appear in photos or videos that I post. A big sports fan and lifelong Broncos fan, I have been known to spontaneously "Tebow" at random times that my wife feels are inappropriate.

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