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Why Your Running Socks Matter

By Lisbeth Hoyt, PT, DPT, CSCS


It's been a busy summer of running, dinner with friends, weekends away, and maybe even a much-needed vacation. The laundry pile in the corner of your room keeps growing, but who has time? By the time you get to your long run, all your clean running socks are dirty, so you just grab any old pair.


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The Upside Down of Running

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


We all love running; running is awesome! However, we would be only telling half the story if we only talked about its benefits. Running has some skeletons in the closet. Running has a dark side. 


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Stubborn Tendon Pain? Try this!

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSC

Tendon injuries can be incredibly frustrating. While you can have a lot of improvements quickly - a decrease in the amount of pain (less intense or severe), improved flexibility and strength, and better running - the pain can linger for quite awhile.



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Recover In Your Sleep!

By Lisbeth Hoyt PT, DPT, CSCS

If sitting is the new "smoking" health risk, sleep is the new performance enhancing tool we don’t focus on enough. Getting enough sleep is essential for everyone to function, yet in our busy work/training lives, sleep is usually one of the last things we make time for. For runners and athletes, it's the easiest recovery tool you most likely aren't utilizing. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that adults require 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal performance. Performance doesn’t just mean exercise; it also includes the mental and physical performance needed to get through your daily routine.

 


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Amenorrheic Running

Kathleen Leninger, DPT

Back in the day, I was a fast runner. I have a distinct memory of going to Penn Relays as a junior, so excited to run the 4x400 (I was the anchor) and that morning I woke up with my period.  At that point in my life I got my period every few months but most of my teammates hadn’t had their period in over a year! I wanted that. It was such a badge of honor and I was so embarrassed to be the only fast girl who got her period in season. Years later I learned that is called amenorrhea and that nothing about it is cool. 

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What Actually Makes You Stronger

By Kathleen Leninger, DPT

Everyone knows that  “core and glutes” are the secret to making a runner stronger, right?  We go to yoga, spin, HIIT classes, and Bread and Butter to make us strong. The real answer is much more complicated.  Strength classes are important, but it is just practicing muscle memory. So what actually allows your body to keep functioning and to stay strong?  There are 3 main functions we need the body to have to run (and to live):


1 – Bones to stay upright and move around

2 – Muscle to move the bones and get from A to B

3 – Signals to determine what to move and where to move

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Don't Forget Your Toe Flexors!

By Dr. Cathlin Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CSCS


Plantar fasciitis can be a frustrating, nagging running injury. It can range across a wide spectrum of pain; maybe more annoying most of the time, but it can be completely debilitating after a hard run or getting out of bed in the mornings.


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Book Review: Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


If running research and narrative journalism had a baby, it would be this book. In Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery,  Christie Aschwanden challenges the running community’s most popular beliefs one topic at a time. Aschwanden debates a variety of topics, including overtraining syndrome, beer to increase running performance, fuel options, doping, meditation, dietary supplements, medications, cryotherapy, and sleep as a recovery method…

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#Wellness vs. Science

By Wendy Winn, PT, OCS


Oh, Wellness, what a concept you’ve become!


For many years, I viewed wellness as the opposite of sickness. If you’re not sick, you are well.

Now, #wellness is symbolized by collagen peptides people put in their coffee on Instagram. Where did we go astray?


There are SO MANY products in the health and wellness market that it is often difficult for consumers to understand what is actually good for them! Even our trusty friend “science” gets roped into the mix. More than ever, businesses and Instagram “influencers” are using and abusing the idea of science to sell their products.


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Extra Cusion = MORE Impact?

As the trend in running shoes moves away from minimalism, many shoe companies have claimed that extra cushioning will reduce impact forces on the body, especially with downhill running. Intuitively, would seem to be true.


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Anatomy of a Runner

By Dr. Lisbeth Hoyt


When most people think about running, the first body part attributed to the movement are our legs. While our legs do the majority of the work, running is actually a full body exercise. Our legs move us forward, our trunk stabilizes our body, and our arms assist our legs with forward propulsion.


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Race Recovery

Recommendations for rest and recovery after a marathon vary widely across professionals and depend greatly on the individual marathoner. Then you can break it down even further; when is the cardiovascular system recovered? Muscles? Hormones? The list goes on and on!


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