There’s a reason trail running is booming in popularity… a few reasons, actually.
Heading out on a trail instead of pavement is appealing for so many reasons. Escaping into the woods or meadows gives you a nature experience that a road run often cannot, and a trail's softer surface gives your body a break, too. The benefits of trail running span the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of your life. And doesn’t that cover pretty much all of it? Here are a few ways trail running is good for you and some tips on how to get started.
Good for Your Body
“Trails are going to take away a lot of stress from the impact that you’d normally get running on harder surfaces,” says Dr. Scott Levin, a New York-based sports medicine expert and orthopedic surgeon. “Some of the forces that would normally be transmitted from the pavement up to the ankles, knees, shins, and hips are dissipated when the foot hits the ground on the trails because there’s some give there.” (more...)
Scott M. Levin, MD., FAAOS - Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Carmel, NY, June 2013 - There's something about summer that makes the idea of hopping on a bike and heading for a rugged trail nearly irresistible. Three decades after the sport began with only a handful of enthusiasts, mountain biking has surged in popularity. The non-profit Outdoor Foundation estimates that nearly 7.1 million people now participate in this adrenaline-pumping outdoor activity. But each trail's bumps, peaks and vertical drops also bring the potential for mountain biking injury. "Recreational mountain bikers - who don't compete in the sport and do it just for fun - may forget this exciting pastime comes with potential risks," says Dr. Scott Levin. "But taking simple protective measures can keep mountain bikers safe on the trail for a long time to come." (more...)
An interview with Alan Berman, DPM - Podiatrist, By Julie Revelant, June 23, 2013
If you’re pregnant, you probably can’t wait to get home and put your feet up.
If your feet hurt, you might have plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects about 10 percent of the population - and probably occurs more frequently in pregnant women, according to Phil Vasyli, podiatrist and founder of Orthaheel and Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Footwear.
Here, find out exactly what plantar fasciitis is, what causes it and what you can do about it. (more...)
Some simple precautions can help you avoid injuries when working with weights.
by Linda Melone, CSCS, June 2013
Commentary by: Yariv Maghen, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon
You’re really pumped by the results of your weight routine—increased strength and better muscle definition provide all the motivation you need to keep pushing yourself. But now your lower back hurts, and you wonder if you haven’t pushed too hard. (more...)
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The Largest Circulation Newspaper in Putnam County, June 5, 2013
Jean Park, MD - Board Certified Rheumatologist
Arthritis is the nation's most common disability, affecting 50 million adults in America. Between 2007 and 2009, 50 percent of adults 65 years or older reported an arthritis diagnosis. For seniors who suffer from the ailment, new research recommends the benefit of water aerobics to ease their pain.
"For seniors who feel stymied by arthritis pain, all too often the prospect of increasing movement is the last thing they want to do because they fear injuring themselves further,” said Dr. Jean Park of Somers Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Group in New York. “But exercise in the water adds buoyancy and protects inflamed joints, and it can be fun." (more...)