Nailing down exact recovery techniques after an extreme endurance event, such as the marathon is often hard to do because every BODY is different. We recommend rest and recovery to EVERY client, so that your muscles, skeleton, and tissues have time to replenish. But is there a way to predict who will suffer more inflammation?

A study in the Journal of Sports Science examined marathon runners’ BMI’s and finish times. They found that the slower finishers had significantly (28-32%) higher inflammatory biomarkers such as C-reactive protein and changes in serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein. They found no relation to BMI and inflammatory markers.

So, slow and steady is a good plan, but the risk for inflammation is higher!

J Sports Sci. 2016 May 11:1-8. [Epub ahead of print] Marathon performance but not BMI affects post-marathon pro-inflammatory and cartilage biomarkers. Mundermann et al.

Wendy Winn, PT, OCS Director NY Custom PT & Performance 295 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10017 212.682.7860