Always listen to your body before running in your next race.
By Kate Dzienis
NSW Ambulance paramedics have encouraged runners this season to not race through injury or illness, regardless of what training regiment was being implemented.
Every running season paramedics responded to assist runners, whether they were competing or training, and while paramedic responses were commonly related to injuries such as trips and falls, serious conditions like heart and respiratory problems were also an issue.
NSW Ambulance superintendent Rebecca Wood said it was vital people put their health in first place, not at risk.
“Regardless of whether you are preparing for a full marathon or one of the season’s shorter races, make sure you are prepared and act on your body’s signals,” she said.
“You can’t outrun illness, anyone who has been unwell in the weeks leading up to a race should carefully consider participating and seek medical advice if unsure.
“A substantial number of incidents can be prevented with better planning and a thorough self-assessment of your health prior to participation.
“So improve your odds of success by taking care of yourself and your health; that way you will be ready sooner to lace up your shoes and run again.”
Advice for runners this race season was to always be prepared, stay hydrated, wear appropriate footwear, check out all weather conditions, ensure protection from the sun, and keep energy up.
For health matters, always ensure asthma inhalers and other medications are at hand, and never ignore health symptoms like chest pains or severe shortness of breath.
Seek medical advice if you are unsure of anything regarding your health.