Dynamic Warm Up or Static Stretch?

Posted by Jill Gleason PT, DPT on April 16, 2013

The Starting Line:  Are dynamic or static stretches the best way to warm up for running?   All runners want to know the best way to warm up, including what kind of stretching is best, and if it should be done before or after the run. Unfortunately, the research on stretching can often be conflicting and confusing. From the current best evidence and my 10 years of clinical experience with runners, I recomme...

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Managing Knee Osteoarthritis for Runners

Posted by Alex Hetherington CP on March 26, 2013

The Starting Line:  For knee osteoarthritis, what can be done for the pain, and should you keep running?   Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders, and a leading cause of knee pain and disability. It is characterized by the degeneration of articular cartilage at the knee joint. Knee OA more often affects the medial compartment (inside of knee) because of the greater loa...

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Effects of Endurance Running in Pre-teens

Posted by Anthony Luke MD, MPH on February 26, 2013

The Starting Line:  Should pre-teen athletes run endurance events?   Recent debate has flared over what age is appropriate for children to start participating in marathons and half-marathons. In the past, runners had to be 18 years old, but now most races allow younger athletes to participate. So far these younger runners seem to have participated without abnormal health risks, but some argue that it is be...

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New Year's Resolutions: Train Smart, Not Hard

Posted by Kelly Carmichael, USATF Certified Coach on January 7, 2013

The Starting Line:  How can I keep my New Year’s resolution and step up my training?   A New Year’s Resolution is a promise to better yourself. Many people resolve to lose weight, run more often, or achieve that elusive personal record. Whatever your goals, the best way of achieving them is to train smart, not hard. One of the most common resolutions is to adopt and maintain a regular exercise...

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Four Steps to Take Before Starting to Train

Posted by Kelly Carmichael, USATF Certified Coach on December 24, 2012

The Starting Line:  How do I begin to train for my upcoming race?   Whether you are training for your first 5k or your annual marathon, there are a few steps you need to take before lacing up your sneakers. Regardless of your experience level, it is important to plan certain aspects of your training before you even begin. Follow these simple steps to success in your training this year! 1. Set a Goal In o...

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