Sport and injuries are often mistakenly perceived as going hand in hand. But training safely is not a myth and injuries can be prevented with education.
To that end, organisers of The Straits Times Run have organised a clinic on injury prevention and management for those who have signed up for the July 16 event.
The clinic, to be held on July 1 at B3 Bistro at the Singapore Management University, will be helmed by orthopaedic surgeons Lim Kay Kiat and Andy Wee from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals.
It will address ankle and foot conditions as well as common running injuries.
Dr Lim, who has more than a decade's experience in triathlons and is also an avid trail runner, will share training principles which will help with injury prevention. He will also speak about common foot and ankle conditions.
Dr Wee, an ex-national squash player, will speak about common running injuries in the knee, how to manage them, the danger signs to look out for and how early treatment can prevent these injuries from being aggravated.
Pencilled in on the same day is a 15km training run, part of the list of pre-race events ST Run participants can look forward to.
Participation in the clinics and training run is free for all those who have signed up for the ST Run, subject to availability.
The 15km training run, held at the Promontory at Marina Boulevard, will feature a lucky draw with 18 pairs of Compressport calf sleeves and 10 pairs of Compressport pro racing socks up for grabs.
Running Department's Terence Teo, the pacer programme coordinator, urged participants to join the training run, noting: "There will be a few more weeks (to the ST Run) so the training will be a good gauge for the runners to know if they can keep up with the pace or if they can achieve their intended target in the ST Run itself."
Chief executive officer of Mount Elizabeth Hospitals Phua Tien Beng added: "Mount Elizabeth Hospitals are proud to be the official healthcare partner of the ST Run for the second year running, providing all-rounded medical care to support runners every step of the way.
"Our orthopaedic specialists and rehabilitation team will be sharing their experience at the Run Clinics and on race day as part of our continuous drive for education and our commitment to the ST Run."
There will also be a final clinic on July 8 at Suntec City. The clinic will have talks by cardiologist Dinesh Nair and 2007 SEA Games gold medallist Mok Ying Ren.
Registration for the ST Run has been extended till June 28. Sign up for the run or register for the clinic and 15km training run at www.straitstimesrun.com