It may sound ludicrous but it's true: there are many ways that runners commonly create new injuries in the process of trying to prevent or rehab them. Some runners end up with new strains and pains because they take to PT the same dedication that pushed them to a new PR. Others, anxious to just run again, rush through their prescribed rehab moves, and miss out on the intended benefits.
Some runners just try to run through the pain, and end up altering their biomechanics to avoid the pain, which results in new injuries. Mistakes like these can lead to a cascade of injuries that can haunt a runner for the long term. These cascades can make layoffs last even longer than they have to. Here are some common injury-prevention mistakes and how to avoid them.