B – Running A-Z

Running terms beginning with 'B'

A selection of key running terms to ensure that running terminology doesn’t leave you confused. Refer to the key running terms below and find out their meaning so that you’ll be a running expert in no time...

Ballistic stretching, technique.
A bouncing, dynamic and jerky movement, which is generally not considered to be useful and can lead to injury.

Bleep test, activity.
See Multi-stage fitness test.

Blisters, other technical term.
Sore areas on the feet and toes that form when the skin rubs against another surface, thereby causing the different layers of the skin to separate. Fluid then accumulates between these layers in a ‘bubble’. Wearing seam-free socks and correctly fitting running shoes, plus applying Vaseline on blister-prone areas, will help to prevent blisters from forming.

Blood pressure, (BP), other technical term.
The pressure exerted by the heart on the walls of the blood vessels. It is expressed as a ratio – for example 120/80. The first number (120) is the ‘systolic pressure’, or the heart’s pressure when it pushes blood out into the arteries, and the second number (80) is the ‘diastolic pressure’, or the heart’s pressure when it’s at rest.

Blood vessels, body part.
The tubes that carry blood to and from all parts of the body. The three main types of blood vessels are arteries, veins and capillaries.

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