If you have just started running, have been training for a few months or even if you are a running veteran, one thing that can affect us all regardless of our fitness or training is injury.

It can strike at any time. It may be a slow onset – a little niggle that makes training uncomfortable and less enjoyable. Or in the worst cases, injury can be severe, preventing you from running for weeks, usually when you are just starting to make headway!

It may seem obvious but the best way to deal with injuries is to avoid them in the first place. However, this is not as easy as it sounds and if we do sustain an injury we need to be able to recognise what the problem is and know the best course of action to reach full recovery. For any injuries that need a professional opinion, it's a good idea to visit a sports injury specialist. The London Marathon Injury Clinic is a directory that only features clinics with professionals who are qualified to the highest level and who have great experience in injury prevention, injury rehabilitation and performance assistance specific to endurance running. Click here to find an injury clinic near you!