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Doctor talks running safety


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- With the Kalamazoo Marathon set to be held on Sunday, doctors remind everyone taking part, and also those who are just thinking about taking up running, to be safe and not end up injuring themselves. Doctor Eric Blackwell, a Borgess Emergency and Trauma Center physician, says that he often hears about people who pushed themselves too far when trying to take up running.

"A lot of the injuries we see are in the feet and in the knees," Doctor Blackwell told WKZO. "I'd say the feet and the ankle are probably where the majority of the injuries occur."

Doctor Blackwell says that it's important to change up your training for things like a marathon so that you're not just working out the same muscles over and over again. Also, he notes that stretching right before a run isn't always a great idea.

"The old school way of stretching used to be to stretch before you run, and that's really not the best thing," Blackwell said. "You really need to get the muscles warmed up before you do any stretching. So, even after a run is a better time than before the run."

Doctor Blackwell says that one way to continue training if you do suffer an injury is to cross train. For example, he says that if you hurt a foot or an ankle, try swimming as exercise while waiting for it to heal.

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