Most running injuries are caused by overuse and ignoring your body. Many look back on their training post-injury and recall yellow flags of pain or stiffness that lead to an injury. Spending an extra 5-10 minutes stretching or completing a few exercises today may prevent a visit to your doctor or physical therapist tomorrow.
Michael D. Watson, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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Can training for a marathon actually damage your bones and joints?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredFinishing a marathon will earn you many things: a medal, increased cardiovascular stamina, and blisters the size of Australia. While I respect marathoners and admire their passion, dedication, and athleticism, I can't endorse the training it takes to complete one.
The constant pounding your joints take with every step increases the likelihood that you'll suffer from joint problems and osteoarthritis down the road. And once your run exceeds more than 18 to 20 miles, you are likely to be consuming your own muscle proteins to provide energy.
Sure, I'd love to see you cross the finish line, but I'd also like to see you finish the race of life in the best-and youngest-shape possible. To live long and young, you need to be physically active. But too much activity can actually put the accelerator on aging, instead of the brakes.
Find out more about this book:YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger
What makes the shoulder move?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredThe shoulder is a one-of-a-kind joint in the body. This ball-and-socket joint has unparalleled freedom of movement. What makes it especially unique is that its base of support, the scapula (shoulder blade), also moves. This allows for a variety of movements and functions of the arm and hand as evidenced by an almost unlimited spectrum of sports and work environments the shoulder must both adapt to and excel at.
The scapula's position on the trunk helps determine how well the arm bone moves in its socket. Muscles also play a role here, specifically the latissimus dorsi (a back muscle that begins on the pelvis and lower and mid-back) and pectoralis muscles (one of the chest muscles).
Find out more about this book:Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain: Self-treatment for rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and other diagnoses.
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