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All Systems GO!

All Systems GO!

In February, it became official: I was running the TCS NYC Marathon! As a physical therapist working in a running-based clinic I figured I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the training. The miles, time commitment, nutrition; I was ready for it all, right? I quickly found out that it was much more work than I expected.

Compartment Syndrome Update

Compartment Syndrome Update

Chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS)—can be a completely sidelining injury. It’s a condition most commonly seen in the lower leg among athletes, especially endurance runners. Symptoms typically develop as a tolerable pain, but as the runner continues running the pain worsens until it becomes unbearable and the runner has to stop.

WTF is the TFL?

WTF is the TFL?

If you've ever had a hip or knee injury as a runner, you most likely have heard of the TFL. But what exactly is it and what role does it play in daily movement? The TFL (tensor fascia latae) is a muscle responsible for flexing, abducting (bringing out to the side), and internally rotating your hip. The TFL originates at the top of your pelvis and narrows into an attachment to your iliotibial band. Tightness in this muscle pulls the ball of your hip too far forward in the socket and makes it difficult for your hip to maintain its neutral position when walking and running.

Post-marathon Blues??

Post-marathon Blues??

Post Marathon Blues? Completely Normal! Let us help you work through it.

Why Fresh Legs!??!?!

Why Fresh Legs!??!?!

On November 1, 2015, several sweaty, joyful, exhausted runners trickled through our doors after crossing the finish line of the TCS NYC Marathon. Sore and victorious, they told their heroic tales of their mornings that had begun before sunrise on Staten Island and involved self-transformation through the boroughs of New York City, all the way to the finish in Central Park. 

Jump on the Hydration Train!

Jump on the Hydration Train!

Here is a story that we are hearing weekly these days.

Patient: I ran over the weekend and I didn’t realize it was so humid.  My run went really well but my achilles tendon has been on fire ever since.

Therapist:  How much water did you drink this weekend

Patient: 2 cups of coffee and 1 bottle of beer

Gutsy Performance

Gutsy Performance

“Should I go before the warm up or after…or maybe before and after?”  If you have ever run a road race, you know one of the most daunting tasks on race day is standing in line for the porta-potty.  It’s in every runner’s pre-race routine though because running on an upset stomach is no fun!  Sometimes despite your best effort however, the stomach bug will find you during an intense workout or race.  An email questionnaire was sent to over 2,000 runners following a marathon event in the Netherlands.  Of the 1,281 runners who responded, 45% complained of at least one GI symptom during the event. Why is that?