Training for a Road Race: How to Avoid Bumps in the Road

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 9, 2016

You also should add stretching to your daily routine, making sure your calves and Achilles tendons aren’t tight.

Runners should add stretching to their daily routine, making sure their calves and Achilles tendons aren’t tight.

Authors: Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, is 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 is a research assistant in the Women’s Sports Medicine Program.

Every runner should have a training plan that gradually builds intensity as race day approaches. As any runner knows, there are almost always physical setbacks during training. Some injuries may go away quickly, while others may linger. In this post, we explain some of the most common running overuse injuries and what you should do to get back on track.

Runner’s Knee

What is it and why does it happen?

Also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, runner’s knee – which can occur in one or both knees – is one of the most common training setbacks. When your thigh muscles are weak, it causes your knee cap (patella) to be slightly displaced and rub against other structures. This can lead to pain around the knee cap during running or walking, grinding or crunching noises as your knee moves, and difficulty going up or down stairs or getting up from a chair.

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3 Common Golf Injuries: How to Avoid the “Rough”

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 17, 2016

Golf injuries are common at all levels of play.

Golf injuries are common at all levels of play.

Authors: 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.

Golf is a lifetime sport – people of all ages and activity levels can participate. It is a great way to get outside and stay active, especially if you choose to walk the course. On average, a golfer playing 18 holes on foot will walk anywhere from three to six miles. Injuries are common at all levels of play, from first-time golfers to professionals. Before you take your first swing of the season, be sure to check out the tips below on signs, symptoms, and prevention of common golf injuries.

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