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So, I have this problem with running a long distance. Really fast I tend to loose my balance and fall on the ground when I haven't ran that far. I believe it has something to do with my weight and how I have no muscles in my body (legs more particularly). I am 13 and I weigh about 100 pounds and I'm super skinny. Every time I try to run a long distance for P.E or anything I just tend to lose my balance. It even happens when I walk. I just lose my balance out of no where. So my question is why does his keep happening to me when I run? Also is there any way to fix it? Like exercising and gaining more muscle in my legs and also gaining weight. Can you. please give me an answer whenever you can? Thank you so much.

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Fayth,

Thank you for messaging me. There are 3 factors that affect balance. Visual (eyes), vestibular (a system of canals and containers that tell your body where you're at), and somatosensory (muscles and nerves). It is likely a somatosensory issue (I'm sorry for the big word, but it's the best way to explain it). Hopefully this can be fixed with more exercise. If so you can get on youtube and look up cool leg and balance exercises and practice them (this should be fun). However, I recommend seeing a physical therapist so that they can do testing with you and make sure that nothing more serious is going on. There are a lot of more serious things that could be happening, but, it is likely not. Talk with your parent or guardian and see if you can see a physical therapist. If they deem you just need to be stronger and nothing serious is happening they can start you on an exercise program that you can do at home.

Don't hesitate to ask me more questions. Don't ignore this. Keep working on it. Good luck!

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I can answer questions about pain and training program. If there is a question about running that I don't know then I'll do some research and make sure I provide you with an answer.

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I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I'm a track and cross country coach. I train clients throughout the year. I've helped prepare athletes for their NFL Pro Days. I've written articles on running. Finally, those that I work with have less pain and run faster.

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American Physical Therapy Association- Sports Section

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The 6 Week Workout Program- I'm the author of this book Research Made Simple for Physical Therapists- I'm the author of this Kindle book

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Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy BS in Exercise Science NSCA- CSCS and CPT USA Weightlifting Level I NPI- Certified Posture Specialist Total Motion Release Level II Certified Dry Needling

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National Posture Institute's International Perfect Posture of the Year Award 2011 Clinical Excellence Award- Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Aegis Therapies Scholarship recipient

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