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Big_Tuna 03-28-2012 08:03 PM

IT Band Syndrome
Been putting on a lot of miles lately, been having issues with my IT Band. Anyone have any ideas on how to treat it? I've taken the last week off, and it feels ok, but I tried that before and it came right back when I started running again. It sucks because it affects my squats and DL's as well.

Commander 03-29-2012 11:57 AM

If running bothers it ditch the running. Unless you are training for a 5k or something else, then by all means, keep running to train for it. But if you are only running for cardiovascular conditioning there are better methods; Tire Dragging, Hill Sprints, Barbell Complexes, Burpees. If you are running to get lean/create a caloric deficit than consider just lowering calories a bit.

That said, if you truly must keep running in the mix, then I recommend foam rolling.

Check out this article, it will explain foam rolling better than I can:

Also, do either of these stretches periodically, it feels great for a tight IT band.

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