Obstacle course races seek to push participants’ bodies to the limit while experiencing the outdoors.

Obstacle course races seek to push participants’ bodies to the limit while experiencing the outdoors.

Today’s post is from Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Team Physician for Stonehill College Athletics, and Emily Brook, a research assistant in the Women’s Sports Medicine Program.

There are always new trends and ways to make exercise interesting and fun. One such trend today is obstacle course racing (OCR). The most popular OCR events among novice and intermediate athletes currently are the Tough Mudder, Spartan Sprint, and Warrior Dash. These races seek to push participants’ bodies to the limit while experiencing the outdoors. Although there are several long-distance OCR options – including the Tough Mudder – we recommend that novice and intermediate athletes start with a sprint race of about three miles. We also recommend that you check with your doctor to determine whether it would be safe for you to participate in an OCR event.

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