Injuries While Running a Marathon

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  • Mercy Health Glass City Marathon - April in Toledo, Ohio

Injuries While Running a Marathon

Listen to Your Body on Race Day

Mercy Health Tip of the Week by Jason A. Smith, DO Medical Director of Sports Medicine Mercy Health North Region

It seems pretty realistic that over the span of a single run covering 26.2 miles an injury can occur; or there may just be some form of aggravating incident.

Here are some ideas for what to do if something were to happen to you while running the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.

The first thing to know is that the Mercy Health Sports Medicine team will be on location to provide world class care, before, during and after the race for whatever issue you may incur. Our team of nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapist, medical assistant, physicians and support staff, along with the great people of Toledo Fire and Police will be spread throughout the race to help you access care wherever on the course that you may be.

Perhaps the most alarming thing that we see at a marathon is heat illness. Though this race is in the beautiful city of Toledo, Ohio in April with the average temperature on race day between 40-60 degrees F, it is entirely possible that one of the runners will experience some form of heat illness. Heat illness becomes concerning when an internal body temperature reaches over 104 degrees F. A temperature that high for a prolonged period of time can cause serious issues including brain damage and even death.

Some Signs of Heat Illness

  • Not Being Able to Walk Steadily
  • Not Acting Like Themselves
  • Not Being Able to Sweat

Any runners experiencing these conditons need to be seen immediately in our medical tent.

Muscle strains and pains are probably the most common thing that one may experience during a marathon.

This is a much easier thing to address. For the most part your body can tell you whether or not you can continue to run through the pain or seek out care. There will be medical teams throughout the course that can assist you with ice or direct you to the appropriate medical care.

Other common issues are blisters and chaffing.

These are probably one of the most preventable issues in which proper footwear or equipment can prevent. There are ton of products on the market to treat, prevent and avoid having to grab a band aid or pop a blister after the race.

If at the end of the day you do happen to get injured know that the team at Mercy Sports Medicine will be there for you 24hrs a day with access to a sports injury professional through our hotline at (419) 754-PLAY.

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* This content is not intended to replace any formal training plans directed by licensed coaches. You should always get your doctors go-ahead prior to embarking on any fitness regime. Mercy Health, Glass City Marathon and the Toledo Roadrunners Club are not offering this content to replace a monitored training plan. — Use this content as conversation starters with your doctors, nutritionists, coaches, etc.