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Stress Fractures in Young Runners: Identifying Risk Factors

Stress fractures are highly common among high school runners.  Like many conditions, certain risk factors emerge to help predict this entirely preventable injury.  Let’s face it, if you run so far and so hard that you break your own bones you’ve probably missed a LOT of risk factors.  But with college scholarships on the line, it’s not surprising that injuries will sometimes occur.  Understanding risk factors can help coaches and athletes navigate that very fine line between injury and optimal performance.      

Vitamin C, Immunity, and Athletes

 

With early-year cold and flu season in full swing, athletes are all looking for ways to improve immunity and avoid illness.  The simple answer is to train appropriately, get rest, and eat a healthy diet.  However, since most people can’t cloister themselves away from humanity, it’s critical to find ways to bolster our defenses beyond common sense life habits.

A Defense for Ice Baths?

Ice baths have been a controversial topic in sports.  Despite their long history in the training room, the formal evidence has been mixed on their effectiveness.  Many athletes swear by them for recovery while others who detest the frigid waters welcome any excuse to avoid them.

Single Leg Stance and Gait Stability

Running is complex gait pattern but can be distilled into high repetition single leg stance.  Further, the ability of the young human to balance on one leg is a critical motor milestone that retains importance at all ages.  Modern biomechanics has given us tools to break down movement with painstaking detail.  But despite this detail, we must never stray from the basics, one of which is supporting the body on one leg. 

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Sport II: Review and Recap

Recently we attended DNS Sport I and II in Los Angeles, again taught by Dr. Petra Valouchova from Prague and hosted by Dr. Craig Liebenson with teaching assistance from Dr. Yoav Nagar and Dr. Michael Rintala.  Katherine attended Sport I for two days and then I joined for Sport II to conclude the week.  (Please go HERE for a recap of Sport-I, which I attended in September).