As PTs, we are often asked when to use ice versus heat for injuries. The answer definitely depends on the injury. Ice and heat can both be used to reduce pain, but they are best applied in different situations. A recent literature review conducted by Malanga, Yan, and Stark examined the differences between heat and ice applications and their effectiveness.Read More
Fueling for exercise, especially during long runs, is a commonly discussed topic in the running world. Pre-race carb-loading, mid-race fuel sources, and post-race meals are all part of a typical routine. So why do we sometimes not feel hungry when finishing a run? And why are we starving other times? It turns out that following aerobic exercise our brain’s response to food can sometimes be reduced.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Congratulations! You ran the marathon! Once you’ve worn your medal to work and the celebrations have died down, it’s time to assess what went well, what didn’t, and how to make it better or the next training cycle.
As you’re recovering from the marathon, don’t neglect to rebuild your immune system. Take this time to get your body back to 100% before you get back out there. A recent study looked at the effects of marathon training on neutrophils and your immune system. Neutrophils areresponsible for attacking the surface of bacteria in the body.Read More
Post Marathon Blues? Completely Normal! Let us help you work through it.Read More
Set up an annual goals worksheet for yourself!Read More
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.Read More
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 beerRead More
Most runners are acutely aware of all of the different types of injuries that can occur. I f they aren't , it's typically because they've been lucky enough to remain injury - free. But as we age, t he possibility of injury continues to increase.Read More
“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?Read More