Woman running up a rocky slope in Bauerfeind's Sports Back Support

Are you on the fence about getting a back brace for long-distance running? While you won’t strictly need one unless you’re exercising after an injury or experiencing some back pain on your runs, there are still tons of benefits that a quality brace can offer. So, from boosting endurance to avoiding irritating conditions, here’s what a good back brace can do for you. 

Boost muscle endurance

Woman taking a break from marathon running. She's faced away from the camera and is wearing Bauerfeind's Sports Back Support

Sports Back Support


Has your back ever started feeling sore and fatigued after a long run? While the legs definitely do a lot of the work, your core muscles play an essential role in maintaining your posture and protecting your spine from impact shocks. So, after a while (especially if your spine isn’t as used to running 15 km as your legs are), your core muscles may tire out. 

Studies show that compression knit helps delay muscle fatigue. A back brace does so in two key ways: 

  1. It boosts circulation through your core. When the blood supply to the muscles increases, they get nutrients and oxygen at a faster rate, slowing the onset of fatigue. 
  2. The compression weave communicates with muscle fibres, helping them transmit and receive messages to and from the brain. Hence, you can activate your muscles more efficiently.

Improve your running posture

Your running posture plays an essential role in your overall running form. Even if the rest of your form is flawless, poor posture can negatively affect oxygen intake and muscle endurance, leading to less efficiency and even injury. 

As a compression back brace communicates with the muscles, it will remind your core to keep your spine nice and neutral. With good running posture, you’ll more evenly distribute impact pressure through your back. You’ll also be able to breathe easier, as your ribs and lungs will be in a more ‘open’ position. 

Help you avoid back injury and pain

Training for a marathon involves a lot of running. Unfortunately, even if you follow a training guide to the letter and safely increase your distance over time, your back muscles and spine may still disapprove. 

And due to that, you may experience tightening paraspinal muscles, sacroiliac or facet joint dysfunction, or even back tendonitis. Fortunately, as these conditions typically develop thanks to muscle fatigue or excess pressure from impact, wearing a back brace while you run can work wonders. Improved posture, muscle endurance, and pressure load distribution mean you’ll be less likely to develop these conditions.

Relieve back pain when running

Woman putting on Bauerfeind's SacroLoc Back Brace to relieve back pain on her jogs

SacroLoc Back Brace


If you’ve had to cut down on your marathon training due to back pain, a back brace can help here, too. At the risk of sounding like a broken record: 

  • Back braces like our Sports Back Support and SacroLoc Back Brace incorporate special viscoelastic pads that massage painful areas as you move. 
  • Compression knit works with your muscles, helping them better support your spine.
  • With improved posture and increased support, your disks and nerves will be under less pressure and subject to less stress as you run.

Some things to consider

A back brace is an excellent piece of gear for a long-distance runner. But not every back brace is made equal. You must keep size, quality, and relative comfort in mind when shopping for yours. Simply put, a back brace that is made of quality knit, fits like a glove, and has good breathability and moisture-wicking properties will be much more effective and easier to wear than the alternative.

Additionally, it’s always best to combine bracing with other methods when it comes to boosting performance and preventing injury. Core strengthening, leg stretching, and rest days are all instrumental in keeping your back safe, strong, and pain-free.

To sum up 

Marathon training (and long-distance running in general) can put a lot of stress on your back. Fortunately, a good back brace goes a long way - especially when combined with other techniques. With Bauerfeind, you’ll reduce muscle fatigue, relieve painful symptoms, minimise the risk of injury, and improve performance. 

If you require assistance selecting the right product for your needs or wearing the brace, call us on 098015660 or contact us via live chat.

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