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Eliminate Side Stitches While Running for Good!

Friday, January 03, 2014

Hey RIF REVers!

I was talking about stitches the other day and going through your standard stitch at the front and to one side involving the diaphragm and intercostals. Today I wanted to go through your classic side stitch. These again are very much associated with muscle tension. The side stitch particularly is specific in nature and once you understand them can be easy to relieve and more importantly prevent. The side stitches are due to the ‘boxers muscle’, those digitations on the ribs that are prominent on a boxer. It is actually called serratus anterior and it protracts the shoulder blade forward (as in a punching action). This is important because if it gets tight it will contribute to poor posture for running, moving shoulders forward and forcing movement to be initiated lower while you run which is less efficient. Also importantly it acts a breathing muscle, when your pushing it with running it helps forced inhalation and then obviously oxygen delivery. If it’s tight it can act as a splint over the ribs. This tension can switch into the muscle causing pain as in a stitch. It might slow you down or you may have to stop running, so in this video I show you how to find the point and release it during your run as well as for prevention as part of your training routine.

Hope this helps guys.

Happy running RIF REVers!


Warning: This blog is intended as a starting point for runners to understand their body and begin to address weaknesses and tension that can lead to injury. It does not constitute advice and is not a treatment tool. If you have any health condition or injury whatsoever, check with your personal health care practitioner before attempting any strategy listed. Use at your own risk and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.



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