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Interview with Brandi Smith-Young, PT

Brandi Smith-Young, PT is a physical therapist and owner of Perfect 10.0 Physical Therapy in Austin, Texas.  You can learn more about her and her practice at www.perfect10physicaltherapy.com.    

1) Thanks for taking time for this interview, Brandi!  Before we get into your current practice, can you tell us about your own background as a gymnast?

Quadruped Running Drills Part I: Troubleshooting

Quadruped drills such as “donkey kicks” and “fire hydrants” are quite popular these days in the running community.  Running coaches love these drills because they are relatively easy to administer and can target the lower body without adding excess fatigue to the legs.  Plus, when big name coaches start sharing them at conferences and on popular running websites, everyone else tends to follow along with the herd.  

Duration Specific Resistance Training for Swimmers: Part II, Middle Distance

If you missed Part I (Sprints), please go HERE.

This week we address Middle Distance and how resistance training can complement the energetics of racing and training in these events.  Please go HERE for the complete post at Swimming Science.

The Nine "I's" of Running Injuries

Injuries remain a nefarious part of the running culture, despite years of scientific advancement. Gather a group of runners, and it is a virtual guarantee that everyone has been hurt. This information is less heartening when we consider that the number one predictor of future injury is past injury. When you are injured you can’t train. When you can’t train, you can’t improve.

Ten Strength Training Rules for Distance Runners

Below is a brief entry we did for the most recent Southern Arizona Roadrunners Newsletter.  Since the newsletter is not available online, I'll post the article here as well.  Since a lot of endurance athletes have no idea what to do when it comes to strength development, hopefully these rules can get these athletes in the right direction. 

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