The Brooklyn Half Marathon is almost upon us and it will be an exciting race. On May 20th hundreds will gather at the Brooklyn Museum to start a 13.1-mile trail to the Coney Island boardwalk.
Whether you are one of the top competitors for a medal at the Brooklyn half or just beginning marathon training for next year, you should know the importance of listening to your body. In order to be able to train constantly at your best, you can’t allow aches and pains to turn into sidelining injuries.
At NY Bone and Joint Specialists, we help many runners stay on track by managing weaknesses or injuries before they turn severe. The most important thing we tell our dedicated marathoners is to let their bodies rest. It may be tempting to keep on your regular running schedule despite a new ache or to push through the extra mile, but your body undergoes a significant amount of stress and strain in these instances. Without enough downtime your tissues will not recuperate after an intense workout, leading to tightness that can cause an array of orthopedic issues.
One of our sports medicine experts can recommend stretches and exercises that will prevent an injury you may feel coming on so you don’t have to lose more time on the sidelines. Following the recommendation of a physiatrist or physical therapist will help keep your body in the condition it needs to perform its best.
Dr. Leon Popovitz and Dr. Michael Mizhiritsky, along with their team of best-in-class orthopedic physicians, are known for their exemplary orthopedic surgical skill and best-rated physical medicine and rehabilitation program. This, along with their top in-office physical therapy and long-term sports rehabilitation processes, leads to athletes of all levels returning to their top physical potential. Contact us today to schedule a consult!