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If you ever had a shooting pain down the back of your leg, you immediately think sciatica! But are you suffering from sciatica or piriformis syndrome? Either can be debilitating for a runner and very difficult to continue training through. Most athletes stop running for a long period to rest...

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Calf Strain

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A tear in the calf muscle, often referred to as a pulled calf, occurs when the muscle is stretched beyond its limit from sudden overloading of the muscles during speedwork, hill running or running on uneven trails. Symptoms can vary significantly but usually involve a sudden sharp pain at the...

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Are You An Unbalanced Runner?

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Most people think runners are unbalanced. Despite what your mental state might be, your body may not be in complete alignment. Structural or muscular imbalance can lead to injury and pain. The area most affected by structural imbalance that can have a big effect on your running is your pelvis....

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Is Knee Injury Inevitable?

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By Dr. Steve Jonas & Dr. Jon DeGorter Many runners at some point find themselves dealing with knee pain. Injury may seem an inevitable part of running especially at longer distances, and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common running injuries. Runner’s knee is pain around the...

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Beating IT Band Injury

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Beating IT Band Injury Have you ever felt great starting out for a run, only to have knee pain a mile or two in? It could be Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS). The classic symptoms of ITBS are pain along the outside of the knee joint, sometimes accompanied by a popping...

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Piriformis Syndrome is a Real Pain in the Butt

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A small muscle in the back of the hip, the piriformis is a common cause for hip, buttock, hamstring or sciatic pain in high-mileage runners. This muscle is responsible for the external rotation of the hip joint. When the piriformis is irritated, it can affect the sciatic nerve and is...

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Is It Plantar Fasciitis?

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That stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot near the heel usually indicates the common running injury plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually worst with the first few steps after getting out of bed, although it can occur after long periods of standing or getting up from a seated...

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Are you having Shoulder Pain?

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The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and mobility comes at the price of stability. Active sports like golf, tennis, and weight training incur shoulder injuries at a higher rate. Rotator cuff injuries are just one of more than a dozen separate problems that can affect the...

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Foot Drills

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Adapted from original by Dr. Russ Ebbets, DC Running is a ground contact sport. The foot must sustain 7x the body weight while running and up to 20x body weight in jumping activities. This micro trauma, repeated thousands of times, can lead to overuse injuries. According to the Rice study...

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Marathon/Half-Marathon Injuries: Part I

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Participating in a marathon is the ultimate goal for runners. These events are strenuous, however, and the training to prepare for them can be even more grueling. It isn't uncommon for runners to experience a host of nagging injuries that can derail their plans for participating in a marathon or...

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