Knee Arthritis: Does Running Really Make it Worse?
If this question was asked 20 years ago, the quick and common answer would be “YES”. Intuitively, it makes sense that running would increase arthritis. If you consider the contact of the foot on the ground, over and over, for miles and miles, the wear and tear seems probable. Luckily, research continues to find that running does NOT progress knee arthritis. For…Read More
Pilates for Triathletes Run Part I: The Single Leg Squat
Whether you’re the occasional, recreational, or elite runner, there is one common link that should exist between all runners. It is independent of how the foot hits the ground or if the shoe is $50 or $250. It is also independent of age. The common link that should exist with all runners is: a strong, stable and efficient hip-pelvic-core complex. The parts…Read More
The Squat: How Low Should You Go?
The squat is a functional movement essential to transfer our body weight down and back up through space. It allows us to hover near the ground for work in the garden, to sit down into a chair and to get us low enough to grab a pan in a bottom cabinet. It’s a great movement (and exercise) that…Read More
Pilates for Triathletes Bike Part II: The Pursuit of Apolo Ohno’s Legs
A few weeks ago, a patient of mine posted this photo to Facebook. She qualified for Kona this year and raced with the famous olympic speed skater, Apolo Ohno. At her PT session that morning we discussed lower leg biomechanics and the muscle development required to avoid injury during the next race season. I mentioned the leg muscles…Read More
IT Band Syndrome: Look for Your Glutes NOT the Foam Roller!
Raise your hand if you have had sharp pain on the outside of your knee or leg, maybe after running or hiking? Keep raising your hand if someone said: “Oh, just roll on the foam roller and you’ll be good to go!” I feel a lot of hands up right now. I wish it was that…Read More