by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC
Joint replacement surgery, particularly of the hip and knee, has become one of the most frequently performed operations around the world. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 300,000 total hip replacements (THR) are completed in the United States every year, and the number of knee replacements is even higher. Continue reading “Can I Return to Running After My Hip Replacement?”
by Shelley Moody-Wright
There aren’t enough pages in the magazine to describe this incredibly amazing person we call “5K Bob,” so we asked his training program participants (past and present) to share their views. Continue reading “Bob Thompson / Ottawa, ON”
On February 27, 2017, I decided to quit smoking and signed up for a Running Room program called Walk or Run to Quit. The program continues to revolutionize the way people quit smoking while helping them become physically active for life. Since the pilot project began in 2013, hundreds of participants have signed on for the 10-week training program, which assists them in quitting smoking by teaching them to walk and/or run 5K. Continue reading “Jonah Istifan / Waterloo, ON”
Race: SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women
Amount Raised: $2,300,000
For over 25 years, Lorraine Mansbridge from Edmonton’s Global TV has promoted charitable causes and community events. She started her media career in Winnipeg as Canada’s first female rock DJ before moving to Edmonton as a Global TV anchor and producer for their live on-location features. Continue reading “Saluting Lorraine Mansbridge”
For the past four years, family and friends from across Canada have joined together at the annual Three Fathers Memorial Run in Moncton. The race was started by the running buddies of RCMP constables Doug Larche, Dave Ross and Fabrice Gevaudan, who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Continue reading “Three Fathers Memorial Run”
by Ally Wilson
They came, they ran, they beat the sun! Our first annual Solstice 5K race took place in 19 cities on June 21, the date of the summer solstice. Picture this: you and your fellow runners cross the finish line together, perfectly timed as the sun goes down on the longest day of the year. That, combined with an awesome swag bag ($100 value) and post-race party, has to qualify the Solstice 5K as the race of the summer!
Congratulations to the 2565 participants who joined us for their inaugural race.
by Scott Eldridge
On July 1st, over 2300 participants celebrated Canada Day by running and walking in seven different cities: Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Moncton, Charlottetown and St. John’s. All participants received a beautiful red and gold finisher’s medal. Continue reading “Canada Day Run”
by Dr Reed Ferber, Ph. D. CAT(C)
Dating back to 2005, research from our laboratory and others from around the world has focused on how improving muscle strength can help runners. For example, we published a study on runners with patellofemoral pain (PFP), often called “runner’s knee” and identified by pain under the kneecap. The runners in the study performed two simple hip-muscle strengthening exercises every day for three weeks. At the end of the three-week program, runners had a 43% reduction in pain and a 30% increase in muscle strength. In such a short period of time, improvements in strength are largely attributable to changes in neuromuscular activation of muscles and not to changes in muscle fibre composition. In other words, the nervous system was better activated and caused more muscle fibres to contract, but there were no changes to the muscle composition itself. Continue reading “The Science of Muscle Strengthening”