Runners! How to Prevent Chafing

Chafing is when your clothes rub against your skin and a wound develops.

This is a tricky injury to prevent because it can come out of nowhere! Extra warm and/or long runs where you sweat more than usual may increase the chances of chafing. Wearing a running belt for a short run may be fine but wear it for a longer run and it could cause some friction.

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The best way to prevent chafing is to be mindful of your gear. Know which shorts are great for long runs and which ones you want to avoid spending 2 hours in. Same for shirts or any other gear.

If you’ve already developed some chafing it’s best to lube it up for a few days so it can heal. Typically this will be adequate and it won’t be an issue again (until you forget to lube up before a long run!)

Kyle

Kyle is a running coach who works with people all over the world to help them run more consistently & be resilient to injury.

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