Performance Physical Therapy Blog

By Dr. Brian Hay The “right” body type for running Countless times, I’ve heard my patients say, “I don’t have the right body type to be a runner.” And sure, there are some genetic traits that people might have that make them better or worse at running. But, regardless of your shape or size or … Continue reading Thinking about running? Here’s what new runners should know.

By Lauren Riccardi, DPT, OCS, CSCS (pictured below, after completing the 2017 Chicago Marathon)   Tapering for a half or full marathon is a critical part of any runner’s training program. As we approach spring and racing season, it’s important for runners to understand the reasoning behind – and the importance of – a proper … Continue reading Tapering before your marathon: How to do it and why it matters

By Lauren Riccardi, DPT, OCS, CSCS Download the knee strengthening workout plan (PDF). Strengthening exercises can help you avoid knee pain when you run Knee pain is one of the most common injuries to plague the recreational runner.  This makes sense: running is a highly repetitive series of single leg hops. With every stride a … Continue reading Is running bad for my knees? Separating myth from fact

What to Ask and How to Educate Yourself on Youth Sports Safety The statistics are striking. On the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s At Your Own Risk website, the figures listed hit hard: – 54% of student athletes in a recent survey confessed to having played while injured. – 42% of student athletes said they have … Continue reading How to know if your child’s sports program is safe

By Amanda Moran, ATC, LMT and Jared Ferreira, ATC Overtraining can cause fatigue, injury, burnout and regression  Athletes – from students to pros – often tend to think that the more they train in their respective sports, the more they will excel over their peers athletically. But this isn’t always the case. In our experience … Continue reading Overtraining can slow you down: Avoid injuries and fatigue by training smart

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