Track Field Events (Pole Vault, High Jump, Throwing)

It is quite common for runners to experience pain or injury in their lower bodies. Many injuries are related to overuse because whether running long distance or sprinting, there are repetitive stresses and forces to the muscles, tendons and joints. Common examples are: stress fracture in foot or lower leg, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, “shin splints”, patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial (IT band) syndrome or hamstring strain.

Examples of field events include long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put and discus. The foundational skills for these events are running jumping and throwing so muscle strains, tendonitis and/or ligament strains can occur throughout the upper and lower bodies. Each event does have unique demands so high jumpers, for example, may also be more likely to experience back pain, or long jumpers might be more likely to sprain or fracture an ankle due to landing positioning.


To discuss your treatment options, contact one of our sports injury focused Physical Therapists. Call or text 309.231.0676