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Doctor insights on: What Skills Needed In Cross Country Running

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How can I increase running skills?

How can I increase running skills?

Commitment to train: "we must learn to walk before we can run" so start out easy with brisk walk, then jogging, then increase to run overtime. Alternating between jog/walk/sprint provide good balance of cardiovascular and wt management benefits. Chose methods that fit your lifestyle/work/family--living healthy is a life-time commitment. Eat well/sleep well and exercise regularly. See doc regularly too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will running cross country help my raynaud's syndrome?

Will running cross country help my raynaud's syndrome?

Probably not: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cross country running can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, and can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with the newest gadgets (such as heated gloves and socks), and he only runs on warmer days, he might be ok. If he is running in the winter, anything can happen. Vasospasm can occur during or after running. ...Read more

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To lose weight and gain muscle, is it good to do burst training and cross country running together?

Burst training : Yes, both of those forms of exercise can help build muscle and burn fat. Just be careful not to over do it. I have seen people develop rhabdomyolysis from doing extreme cross fit exercising. ...Read more

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If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

See a doctor: You need to see a podiatrist or sports medicine orthopedist so they can examine not only your knee but your ankles, feet. Don't forget to take your shoes with you so they can be checked also. ...Read more

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Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran everyday for high school cross country. Is this symptom of running?

Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran everyday for high school cross country. Is this symptom of running?

Not a common problem: I would say if it happens when U run, ,U have found the aggravating factor. Now U need 2 Can oorthopedic surgeon an try 2 get a diagnosis & a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I just ended a season of cross country (3 months) and I'm relatively new to running. I recently noticed that my shin bones are hurting and I can't hop?

I just ended a season of cross country (3 months) and I'm relatively new to running. I recently noticed that my shin bones are hurting and I can't hop?

Stress reaction: There is a spectrum of stress reactions that can occur in the tibia in response to prolonged running all the way up to and including a stress fracture. I would rest it as much as possible and if does not get better quickly I would probably be seen. ...Read more

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I was running and strained a muscle in my leg. Would it be okay to take pain killers an hour before i train for cross country?

I was running and strained a muscle in my leg. Would it be okay to take pain killers an hour before i train for cross country?

Could get more hurt: Unfortunately if you strained a muscle the best route to longterm running health is to give yourself adequate time to recover. Taking pain killers in order to train is likely to lead to more injury from overuse. Good luck with recovery, and remember that the first rule of training is to remain uninjured so that you can continue to train! ...Read more

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Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Yes they could: That possibility could happened because strenuous early training could cause stress fracture and compartmental syndrome. Thank you. ...Read more

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