Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Understanding Why Running Injuries Occur

There are 5280 feet in a mile.  The average runners stride 
length is around 2 to 3 feet.  During each mile a runners 
feet will strike the ground over 2000 times. When running 
our feet strike the ground at approximately 2.5 times our 
body weight.  Most marathoners run an average of 5 to 10 
miles per run.  This equals about 10,000 to 20,000 foot 
strikes during a daily run.  Most running injuries occur 
due to the repetition of running, the amount of force on the 
muscles and joints with landing mixed with the combination of
an imbalance in the musculoskeletal system.  At Sports 
Chiropratic we can prevent a serious injury from occurring by 
detecting these imbalances and unwinding the tightness that 
has developed from the overuse of running. Please think of 
Sports Chiropractic for yourself or anyone that you know that
doesn't want to risk an injury while training for a race,
marathon, triathlon or any sport.
Stay Healthy My Friends,
Dr. Todd Rodman, D.C., C.C.S.P., C.S.C.S. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Injury Causing Machines - #2 Seated Hip Abduction

Here it is, gym machine #2 to avoid - Seated Hip Abduction.  This machine has been touted as one of the best butt building machines, what it really does is build great pains in the butt.  Hip abduction (abduction – to take a body part away from the mid line) can be a very beneficial exercise for people with weak glutes/hips, runners and most lower extremity post-surgical cases.  The problem is that the majority of people who do not fall under that category have tightness in gluteal muscles such as the piriformis, gluteus maximius and gluteus medius and this machine will make it worse.  When these specific muscles become too tight they can cause nerve entrapment to the sciatic nerve which travels adjacent to them.  

If you choose to do this machine its best to do it at a lower weight for about 3 sets of 10.  Choosing to do too much weight can cause these muscles to become tight and painful.  The machine that does the opposing muscles is called the hip adduction which targets the muscles of the groin (adductors).  Seated Hip Adduction is much better because these muscles are often weak and imbalanced with the abductor muscle group.

Stay Healthy My Friends,

Dr. Todd Rodman, D.C, C.S.C.S, C.C.S.P