Considerations for Cross Training

Current statistics show that upwards of 85% of runners will sustain an injury each year.  Most of that research defines “injury” as pain – or even actual tissue damage – that keeps a runner off the roads for a week or more.  That means that ALMOST ALL runners will, at some point in their career,…

Exercise Associated Muscle Cramps

Exercise associated muscle cramps (EAMC) are skeletal muscle cramps that occur without an underlying metabolic, neurological, or endocrine pathology (1). What causes EAMC? The answer may very well be in the question…exercise. But let’s delve a little deeper. In a 2010 paper out of Sports Health by Miller et al., the authors point out that there is…

Professional Development and Social Media

Ah yes….the good old social media discussion.  I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that the vast majority, if not all, of you reading this are doing so thanks to social media. As soon as  I hit “Publish”, I’m copying and pasting the link to my twitter and facebook feeds, as well…

Recover Like a Boss

Recovery is definitely getting more attention these days as we are slowly realizing that it is vitally important to our performance in athletics and life, go figure! 😉 I know I’m definitely guilty of putting recovery on the back burner, but through my various experiences I’ve definitely come to realize that it needs to be…

It’s Not About You

A year ago,  I was terrified of acute care physical therapy.  I thought it would be gross (especially after one of my professors joked about patients pooping on my shoes…also, Foley Bags??? um…).  I thought it would be boring (managing lines and leads?  walking patients around the hallways?).  I didn’t understand why DOCTORS of physical…

For the Love of the Run

I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m a mediocre runner at best. When I’m training for a race I typically run a 10 min/mile pace, which is not bad, but is definitely not very competitive. So that being the case you’re probably wondering, ‘well why does she run if she’s not even good…

Just Relax About Sleep

Ah, sleep.  Such an elusive thing for Americans these days, even when we try to make the time for it.  We all know the profound impact that quality sleep – or lack thereof – can have on our health, which means that when it doesn’t come easily for us, we get doubly stressed. We all…

Winning from Behind, Literally: Gluteal Strength for Runners

So….this is what I actually wanted to title this post: ….but I decided to be professional instead. Kind of. In any case, we all know that the glutes do more than just look nice (if you train them, that is).  The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and it’s the powerful driver…

Row, Row, Row Your Machine

Back in my undergrad days I competed on the club rowing team for a couple of years. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Rowing is definitely one of the most challenging sports out there! We not only competed on the water, but on the indoor ergometers (ergs) as well. Here’s a…

Running Through Pregnancy

There’s a lot of miscommunication and mis-understanding out there about exercise and pregnancy.  Is it okay? Will it hurt your baby?  How much is too much? And what about running…that’s a lot of impact, right? Even worse than the miscommunication is the ridiculous amount of JUDGEMENT out there.  We’ve all heard the stories about pregnant…

Lit Review: Drop it Like it’s….A Minimalist Shoe?

Does the degree of heel to toe drop on your running shoes influence your risk of injury? Last august, a research group out of Luxembourg came out with a randomized controlled trial looking at the effects of heel-to-toe drop on incidence of running injury.  Previous literature has sorta looked at “minimalist” versus “conventional” shoes….but it’s…