Work Shoes Slowing You Down?

Posted by Hanna Baker, CO on August 29, 2013

The Starting Line:  Are your work shoes an important key to injury-free training?   Many athletes spend hundreds of dollars per year on high-end running shoes, yet still suffer from footwear-related injuries. What many of those athletes don’t realize, is that the shoes they wear when they are not running may be causing some of those injuries. Whether a runner wears stilettos in meetings, or leather ...

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Dynamic Warm Up or Static Stretch?

Posted by Jill Gleason PT, DPT on April 16, 2013

The Starting Line:  Are dynamic or static stretches the best way to warm up for running?   All runners want to know the best way to warm up, including what kind of stretching is best, and if it should be done before or after the run. Unfortunately, the research on stretching can often be conflicting and confusing. From the current best evidence and my 10 years of clinical experience with runners, I recomme...

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Footstrike Patterns and Running Injury Rates

Posted by Rich Souza PT, PhD on April 8, 2013

The Starting Line:  Does foot strike pattern affect injury predisposition?   A recent study by Daoud and colleagues at Harvard University set out to determine the difference between rearfoot strike and forefoot strike on types and rates of injuries among runners. The study population consisted of 52 male and female, high-level intercollegiate track and cross-country runners, competing in distances ranging ...

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Managing Knee Osteoarthritis for Runners

Posted by Alex Hetherington CP on March 26, 2013

The Starting Line:  For knee osteoarthritis, what can be done for the pain, and should you keep running?   Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, and a leading cause of knee pain and disability. It is characterized by the degeneration of articular cartilage at the knee joint. Knee OA more often affects the medial compartment (inside of knee) because of the greater loa...

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Calcium Affects More Than Just Bones

Posted by Andrea Hacker MS, RD on March 18, 2013

The Starting Line:  Is calcium good for your bones, but bad for your heart?   Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our bodies, and it is 99% stored in our bones. When we do not get enough calcium through diet, the body will take it from our bones to maintain necessary blood calcium levels. Over time, this loss of calcium from the bones can result in low bone density. Peak bone mass is reached by 30 year...

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