Advertisement

Why might I have pain in my back when I am running?

Back pain is not common during running and should not be experienced. Many athletes, runners especially runners, will develop altered biomechanics and movement compensations. Most commonly runners will develop tightness in the hip flexors muscles that pull on the lower back. With this muscle chronically overactive, low back pain can develop. The NASM Corrective Exercise protocol suggests to inhibit and lengthen the hip flexors followed by strengthening of the gluteal muscles. Before doing so you should see a physician to determine exactly what is wrong with your back. 

Continue Learning about Running

What can a distance runner do outside the weight room to increase fitness?
Margaret Scherrer Margaret Scherrer
As a former distance runner myself, I can tell you there is plenty to do outside the weight room to ...
More Answers
How much should I drink while running?
HealthyWomenHealthyWomen
Don't forget to drink when you're out running. When you run, you sweat. If you're not adequately hyd...
More Answers
How do I run in the pool if I am injured?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
You can maintain and even improve your fitness by working your cardiovascular system with deep w...
More Answers
Besides running on the streets, how else can distance runners get better?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
Other than running on the roads, distance runners can use a variety of ways to improve their spe...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.