Injuries due to running are sometimes inevitable. Rookie and professionals experience at least one, or a couple of injuries related to running. Shin splints, stress fracture, runner’s knee, and Achilles Tendinitis are just some of the many injuries you may experience as a runner.
Healing from these injuries is possible with therapy, medicine, and most of the time, rest. However, to an injured runner, unsolicited advice can be irritating, both from friends, families, and random strangers, even with the best intentions. Next time you come across an injured runner, you might want to think twice and avoid the following comments and advice to avoid adding exasperation to an injured runner.
Top Things You Should Never Say to an Injured Runner
Avoid conflicts and getting on the bad side of your runner friend by avoiding these comments and advice that may add insult to their injury.
“You run too much.”
Every runner has their own personal goals and personal limits. As a sign of respect, you should never judge the training routine of your fellow runners. They work at their own pace, plan according to their capacities as a runner, and track progress depending on their goals.
“Now we can finally hang out.”
It is actually the opposite. An injured runner would rather rest or hide under the covers as they wait in vain for their injury to heal itself. Most runners would prefer solitude during these circumstances. Unless your friends ask for some company, you should never offer yours.
“Running is dangerous.”
All types of physical activities are accompanied by risks. Most of the people who give lectures about the dangers of running are those who have never even tried. Even with regular training, dynamic exercises, and the right posture for running, any runner or athlete may experience injuries and accidents while on the track.
“I thought you were healthy.”
Injuries can happen even to the healthiest of people. Risks and injuries are not exclusive to people who are not healthy. Instead of suggesting reasons why your runner friend got injured, let him contemplate on his own as his injuries heal. Never assume about their health unless you’re a medical professional.
“You should do yoga!” (or any other type of sport)
Yoga is a wonderful physical activity as well as the hundreds of sports you can try out there. However, encouraging your friend to give up running for a different sport is just intruding. Different people enjoy different types of bliss and satisfaction when doing an activity that they love. A runner’s high may not always be the same as the relaxation doing Yoga offers.
“I just had the best run today.”
An injured friend runner is not interested about how your morning run was, unless he or she asks you about it. Sharing how your run was a blast to a friend injured due to running is like digging a knife to his run-loving heart. Let them heal in their own time and try not to talk about running unless they are the ones who initiate the conversation.
Getting injured while doing something you love, just like running is devastating. If you ever have a friend who is currently in this circumstance, eliminate awkward conversations about running that may add up to your friend’s frustrations. Be around them when they ask you too and support them, silently and without prejudice as they heal and prepare to get back to their favorite sport.