It may have been a dark and rainy Sunday morning, but there was a lot of love in Philadelphia as runners of the inaugural Love Run Half Marathon took to the streets for their 13.1-mile tour of Philadelphia.
Nearly 10,000 participants took off from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and made their way through Center City to a loop along the Schuylkill River on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and back to the finish at the Art Museum.
Bill Ling of Clementon, NJ dominated the race. Leading at the half, he was able to maintain the lead and win with a pace of 1:14:19. Read more about Ling here.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
This Sunday, March 30 marks the 1st annual Philadelphia Love Run. Several local streets will be closed or detoured throughout the city in connection with the race. Delays can be expected.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time and proceed with extreme caution during the race.
Some of the major areas impacted include:
- The Benjamin Franklin Parkway: The inner drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 7:45 am - approximately 9:00 am. On Sunday, the vicinity near 20th Street and the Parkway will be closed and the Logan Circle area restricted to vehicular traffic. Parking in the Philadelphia Museum of Art area is very limited.
- Citywide along the 13.1-mile route of the Love Run route
Heather Moore, P.T., D.P.T., C.K.T.P.
With the weather breaking and the Broad Street Run approaching, people are going to begin hitting the pavement after a long winter indoors. Many people will begin ramping up their mileage and some people will start noticing pain. When do we need to pay attention to the pain? When do we just run through it?
One of the biggest mistakes runners make—and the reason my clinic is full of patients—is that people’s first response to pain is to stop running. Many people will feel pain and the pain will increase and as the pain increases the first thought is to stop running. The thought is that by stopping, the pain will disappear. However, by just stopping running and not treating it, the pain will not go away. For the first couple days or weeks the pain may lessen because the inflammation will go down, but you will not have fixed the problem.
Below are listed some common running injuries and some ways to treat them initially. Ignoring them is not the answer. They need to be addressed as the pain is felt. It needs to be stated that if you feel pain it is best to have that pain diagnosed by a medical professional so that the most proper plan of action can be put into place.
- Shin splints: Shin splints are pain felt up the shin. Shin splints are commonly felt by runners as distances increase. There are many fads on the internet to treat shin splints and every runner will offer you his/her own take on what they have experienced or feel is the fool-proof method for treating shin splints.
Brian Cammarota, M.Ed., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., C.E.S.
While watching our favorite sports teams, we are generally hoping for 2 things—a win for our team and no injuries.
Injuries have always been a part of sports and likely always will be. The difference between a championship season and missing the playoffs may be 1-2 injuries. Fortunately, professional and college teams almost always have an athletic trainer on site to care for that injury.
Athletic trainers (ATs) are nationally certified after passing a board exam and obtaining a bachelor’s or master’s degree in athletic training. They are state-licensed and work under the direction of a physician in most states. The services provided by ATs comprise prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.1 ATs are the first medical providers to respond to an on field emergency. They care for the individual player (often alone), until an ambulance arrives to transport the player to a hospital.
Hey guys, did you know we’re only 40 days away from racing down Broad Street? I bet it seemed so far away when you heard you were one of the 40,000 lucky runners to get a bib in this year’s lottery — and yet here we are, with only a little more than a month left to train. While you head into your final push, here’s five important, but oftentimes over-looked, tips to keep in mind for the 35th Annual Broad Street Run:
Vary your run. Even a beginner's body will become accustomed to a daily running routine. “Your body responds most strongly to unfamiliar stimuli, and after prolonged repetition even the toughest workouts suffer from the law of diminishing returns,” says Alex Hutchinson of Runner’s World. Try to vary something about your run every day — whether its distance, speed, or hills, your body will thank you come race day.
Taper your mileage. In the weeks leading up to Broad Street, Julie Coté of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital recommends tapering your mileage so you don’t race fatigued. “In fact, you should plan to complete your longest training run two weeks before the big day,” says Coté. Running extra miles the week of the race will just leave you tired and more prone to injury.
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT, Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
One pound of mashed potatoes weighs the same as one pound of raw potatoes. No matter how you slice, scallop or roast it, a pound is a pound.
So why do the weight-watching women of the world preach the misinformed belief that lean muscle weighs more than fat? I find most individuals use this erroneous rationale to soften the blow of the scale. When the numbers on the scale begin to tip in an unfavorable direction, it is easy to find comfort in the theory that muscle weighs more than fat—especially if you are resistance training.
While fat and lean muscle weighs the same pound for pound, their composition varies immensely. Muscle has a leaner appearance due to its high density, whereas free-floating, Jello-like, fatty tissue needs more space to jiggle around, due to its low volume. Hence, someone with a high body-fat percentage will look overweight in comparison to an individual with a high lean tissue percentage.
Justin Shaginaw, M.P.T., A.T.C.
Baseball and softball may be similar sports, but the injury data differs quite a bit. Let’s see what the research says.
A 2007 paper in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at softball injuries from 1988-2004 using the NCAA injury surveillance system. Over the 16 years of data collection, the rate of injury was 1.6 times higher in games than in practices (4.3 versus 2.7 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures).
- Preseason injury rates were more than double the regular season injury rates.
- Postseason injury rates were lower than preseason and in-season rates.
- 43% of injuries occurred to the lower extremity while 33% were to the upper extremity.
- For game injuries, ankle sprains and knee internal derangements accounted for 19% of all injuries.
- Concussions accounted for 6% of all game injuries and players were 3 times more likely to sustain a concussion and 2 times more likely to suffer a knee internal derangement in a game versus practice.
Robert Senior, Sports Doc blog Editor
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis was hospitalized with a staph infection in his leg early Friday morning. By the afternoon, one source reported the infection was being treated as MRSA.
Galvis will begin the season on the disabled list, but the more immediate concern is for his personal well-being—and that of other Phillies players, personnel and even opponents.
The best-known cases of MRSA outbreak in recent sports history involved NFL teams. The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all experienced somewhat widespread outbreaks since 2003. Well-known players including All-Pro LeCharles Bentley and Kellen Winslow Jr. were affected.
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