Guys, today is the best and worst day of the year. It’s NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY! That thing we love to hate to love has its own day? Awesome. Why do we love the humble foam roller? Because it’s good for our fascia. What the heck is fascia? FASCIA is a band or sheet of… Read More Get Unstuck!
For those of us training for a big spring race (or anyone who just trains like an absolute animal on the roads, in the gym, or in the pool), compression gear can be a great addition to our wardrobe. But what does it actually do for you? Before we get into the nuts and bolts… Read More The Ins and Outs of Compression Gear
That pesky patella. For something that is so important to human beings and their ability to ambulate, it sure is part of a delicate mechanism. The patella (or kneecap) is basically the junction point between the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone), and is held in alignment by a complex system of ligaments and tendons. Cartilage and… Read More RUNNING INJURIES SIMPLIFIED: Runner’s Knee
The stabbing pain! Oh! If you’ve had Plantar Fasciitis, you know. If you haven’t, you’re lucky. It’s one of those running injuries that persists – but there is a way to try and keep it at bay. WHAT IS THE PLANTAR FASCIA? Plantar = ‘of or relating to the sole of the foot’ Fascia =… Read More RUNNING INJURIES SIMPLIFIED: Plantar Fasciitis
#theWORST IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries that a runner has to deal with (and one of the most agonizing). Those of us that have experienced ITBS know this all too well. You’re out for a run, feeling good and enjoying the scenery, and then all of a sudden, you… Read More RUNNING INJURIES SIMPLIFIED: IT Band Syndrome
Another often-seen running injury deals with one tricky piece of human anatomy – the achilles tendon. Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness of the achilles tendon that joins your heel bone to your calf muscles. It generally presents first as tendinitis, and then, if left untreated or not treated properly,… Read More RUNNING INJURIES SIMPLIFIED: Achilles Tendinopathy
Everyone’s had them at some point in their running life. Shin Splints have become kind of a catch-all term for discomfort in the lower leg. But did you know that there are two specific ailments that the term ‘Shin Splint’ describes – anterior and posterior. Today we’ll discuss Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (Posterior Shin Splints).… Read More RUNNING INJURIES SIMPLIFIED: Shin Splints