Runner dealing with Iliotibial Band Syndrome or IT Band Syndrome

illustration of iliotibial band syndromeIliotibial Band Syndrome: Common Running Injuries

Iliotibial Band Syndrome, also known as IT Band Syndrome, is a common running injury. It’s an overuse injury that can affect both new runners and seasoned runners. Since that’s the case, runners of all levels need to understand what causes IT Band Syndrome, how to prevent it, and how to treat it if you do get it.

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome?

IT Band Syndrome is an inflamed or overly tight Iliotibial (IT) band caused by overuse. The IT band is a connective tissue group that runs from the outside of the hip, along the thigh, to the tibia (shin bone). It crosses over the hip joint and the knee joint to provide stabilization and support knee movement.

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