Arm Injuries in Runners

by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC

Among runners and walkers, arm injuries are much less common than leg injuries. Even so, an injury to the arm or shoulder can be debilitating—anyone who has experienced the pain of inflammation around the shoulder knows what I mean. An athlete can cope with a leg injury by limping, using crutches, elevating, sitting, or lying down. In contrast, it is very difficult to “rest” an arm joint such as the shoulder or elbow. Even standing and sitting can require the arm musculature to contract, often resulting in pain. You just can’t “get away” from arm pain quite as easily.

Since runners pound the pavement so hard and so repetitively, it is a natural assumption that injuries would be confined to their legs. Runners’ legs have to contend with an inordinate amount of force—up to three or four times their body weight. These forces have to be absorbed by the body, thus injuries can occur in the legs, as well as up the skeletal structure to the back, neck and arms. Continue reading “Arm Injuries in Runners”

The Science of Running and Immunity

by Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D. CAT(C)

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many different and impactful ways.  We are now living in an unknown world where the idea of contracting the Covid virus is omnipresent and we are all thinking about how we can best protect ourselves and how we can deal with added stress.  One way that many runners manage their stress levels is by, well, running.  So in this article I thought I would talk about how running affects your immune system and how recent research can guide your workouts.

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Common Running Injuries

by Kaylie Wilson

Hi, my name is Kaylie Wilson and I am a Physical Therapist at Momentum Health in Calgary, AB. I have been practicing for almost 7 years in private orthopedics, so I have seen a lot of different injuries! I am also an avid runner and have been for 15 years. I have competed in 2 half marathons, and 1 full marathon, though currently, all my runs are with my very active border collie, Jackson. Due to the present COVID-19 pandemic, there are more people taking up running with gyms being closed, so now would be a good time to discuss common running injuries. The first one I am discussing in this week’s blog is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, otherwise known as Runner’s Knee.

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The Science of Running Sub-Groups

by Dr. Reed Ferber, Ph.D. CAT(C)

One the biggest advancements in running injury research has been how to determine a “sub-group,” which is best defined as “a special group that is included within a more general group.” In this case, the general group consists of all recreational runners. For several years, our research has focused on ways to scientifically determine different sub-groups to inform injury prevention and treatment.

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Feeling Stressed? Running and Walking Can Help

by John Stanton

If you currently run or walk for exercise, you are familiar with the stress release it can generate. The euphoric feeling experienced while exercising is usually attributed to endorphins, which mask pain and produce an overall feeling of well-being. Scientists believe that running or brisk walking can increase the secretion of neurotransmitters that control our emotions and mood, including dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline.

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