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Do You Have Swimmer’s Shoulders? Gigi Benkowski, DPT, ART, CSCS – IT Band Fix for Runners

Do You Have Swimmer’s Shoulders? Gigi Benkowski, DPT, ART, CSCS – IT Band Fix for Runners
The medical definition of swimmer’s shoulders is an overuse syndrome seen in competitive swimmers when increased range of motion needs to be pushed from water resistance, and is related to possible looseness of joints as well as rotator cuff tendon overuse. This type of shoulder pain can hinder training or progress of training as it can start limiting the range of motion and strength that would be present in good shoulder mechanics. This symptom is also referred to as shoulder impingeme...
Posted on 2021-02-23

The Female Athlete: How to Stay Lean and Maximize Performance Through Menopause

The Female Athlete: How to Stay Lean and Maximize Performance Through Menopause
I recently attended an Online Masters Athlete Symposium in which Dr. Stacy Sims was a speaker.....I polled our followers asking if they wanted me to share what I'd learned and many answered with a resounding YES! So here are a few takeaways from the brief 1 hr presentation:  There are 3 distinct phases: perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause Perimenopause is actually where many female athletes start noticing that despite the same diet and exercise routine, they're starting to put ...
Posted on 2021-02-23

IT Band Fix for Runners

IT Band Fix for Runners
IT Band syndrome (iliotibial band syndrome) is a very common issue among endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists and triathletes. It can be stubborn and debilitating enough to stop someone from running or cycling altogether! It typically shows up as pain on the outside of the athlete's knee (aka lateral knee pain). To illustrate how complicated IT Band syndrome can be to "fix", we're going to tell you about 3 different athletes who came to see us because they developed knee pain and f...
Posted on 2021-02-23

5 Strength Exercises you NEED to do if you're a Runner!

5 Strength Exercises you NEED to do if you're a Runner!
Running is a series of small jumps from 1 leg to the other and you are never on both feet at the same time. So, why spend the majority of the time training with 2 feet on the ground? There are obvious benefits to doing exercises like squats and deadlifts but there's absolute GOLD in training Single leg and Split Stance exercises for Runners! If you are a beginner to strength training, body weight exercises are a good place to start but don't stop there! That's the mistake most runners make-they ...
Posted on 2021-02-23

4 Common Mistakes with Core Training and What to Do Instead

4 Common Mistakes with Core Training and What to Do Instead
1) Mistake 2: You only work your "anterior" core or the muscles in the front of your body by doing endless crunches and situps (and front planks). Ab mat sit-ups (which I HATE), Toes to bar/knees to elbows from crossfit, Pilates hundreds, teaser, etc. are all included. There's nothing wrong with doing those exercises (except the ab mat sit ups) but it should be a small part of a well-rounded "core" training routine. Your "core" is actually 360 degrees all around your torso and includes your ...
Posted on 2021-02-23
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