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Running Shoes: Comfort vs. Function

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Have you ever stood in front of a wall of running shoes wondering which shoe is right for you? Maybe the Hokas with the super cushioned sole that feel like you’re running on clouds? Or the Brooks trail runners since the trails have cleared up and you’ve been wanting to try out the North Cottonwood trail? Or maybe the Saucony minimalist shoes because you’ve recently read about the benefits of minimalist running? Or my personal favorite, the hot pink shoes with tie-dye laces?! 

You may think that based on the available technology for running shoes and advancements in materials used to create modern running shoes that a plethora of running shoe research would be available. However, this is not necessarily the case.

Although the modern running shoe has been around for the past 40 years since the running boom in the 1970s, research specific to running shoes and injury is relatively new within the past few years. A wide variety of shoe functions exist in running shoes from a cushioned sole for shock absorption, motion control to decrease over pronation, a trail runner, or a minimalist shoe. While some runners may benefit from a specific type of shoes, recent studies on footwear for runners suggest that when shoes or orthotics are selected for comfort rather than function this results in a decreased frequency of running related injury.

So, unfortunately, you can’t base your choice on shoe color alone, but if the pink shoes with tie-dye laces have the best fit and are the most comfortable, they are also the most likely to keep you out of an injury!

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS specializes in manual treatment of spinal dysfunction, as well as knee and shoulder pain and is a member of the Excel Physical Therapy running specialist PT team. Megan’s philosophy for physical therapy treatment embraces educating patients about the tools they need for enhancement of proper body movements during work and play to promote a pain and injury free active lifestyle. 

Excel PT Running Camp 2017

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

​You are invited! Excel Physical Therapy is hosting our annual free Running Camp on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8am-12pm. We offer this camp each year because we want to serve the community we love. 

 

This comprehensive workshop helps to ensure you are running correctly to avoid pain & injury. Excel Physical Therapy is hosting the running boot camp at our Bozeman location at 1125 West Kagy Blvd., Ste. 101A (corner of South 11th and Kagy). 

 

Our Running Specialist PT Team will guide 30 participants, ages 21+, through:

  • Topics will include: training principles, stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injury, cadence training and balance.

  • Running Mechanics instruction on how to decrease impact and increase efficiency.

  • Special guest discussions with Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist.

  • How to choose the correct running shoes and other helpful running gear.

  • A local training run with our Running Specialist PT Team after the in-clinic sessions.

  • Q&A time with our running experts and special guests.

  • Attendees will receive a running training program from our Running Specialist PT Team. 

  • Raffle prizes include 2 entries for the Sweet Pea Run 5K. We are proud sponsors of the Big Sky Wind Drinker's Sweet Pea Run! We have designed this running camp to help get you in top form for this Bozeman running tradition held in early August.

Presented by: 

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

with special guests from the Gallatin Valley sport and health community: Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist

Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017

Running Experts Forum • March 29th @ 6:30pm

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

Community Education Series - free and open to the public 

Running Experts Forum

Join us for an interactive, moderated panel discussion with Bozeman's running experts about ALL things running. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:30-7:30pm

Bozeman Public Library Community Room

Door Prizes!

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Panel Guests:

  • Mike Wolfe, owner of The Mountain Project training gym and professional mountain ultrarunner 
  • Casey Jermyn, owner, Bozeman Running Company and Bozeman High School cross-country team head coach 
  • Jason Lunden, Sports Physical Therapist and co-owner of Excel Physical Therapy 
  • Nikki Kimball, Physical Therapist, professional ultrarunner & running coach at Epic Athletics
  • Moderated by Megan Peach, Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at Excel Physical Therapy

 

Panel discussion topics to include: 

Injury Prevention • Running technique • Shoe selection • Foot strike pattern • Staying motivated • Answering your questions!

 

Please submit your questions in advance for the running panel guests to megan@excelptmt.com or if you don't mind raising your hand, bring them to the event! 

Seating is limited to 100 attendees

 

For more information, contact Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS at 406.556.0562 or megan@excelptmt.com

2015's Running Experts Forum
Bring your questions for Bozeman's running experts panel!

Stress Fractures: From Trail to Icy Sidewalk by Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Snow flurries don’t stop most runners from running here in the Gallatin Valley and while running may continue well into cooler temperatures, don’t let a running injury inhibit your ski season! Especially a stress fracture. Up to 10% of runners may suffer from a stress fracture at some point during their running career, and the majority of these injuries are due to training error. Many runners don’t consider a change in terrain a change in training, but a change from trail to icy sidewalk can make a big difference in impact. A stress fracture begins with repetitive stress to the bone such that eventually causes microdamage. (more…)

Injury Prevention in Nordic Skiing: Elbow & Shoulder Pain

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Due to the repetitive stress from poling, Nordic skiers can develop overuse injuries of both the elbow and/or the shoulder. The most common of these are medial epicondylitis and shoulder impingement syndrome.   The underlying cause of the development of these injuries is multi-factorial: poling technique, pole length, and poor strength and conditioning.  

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Technique & the Prevention of Alpine Ski Injuries: Part 4

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Nearly all injuries in alpine skiing are classified as traumatic, or due to a fall.  As mentioned earlier, under Strength & Injury Prevention, the majority of knee injuries in alpine skiing occur on the left knee.   Therefore it is important to work on your ski technique to be able to turn equally well to your right and left.  With the snowpack being shallower and conditions not yet epic, the early season is a great time to work on perfecting your turns.  Aim to stay balanced on your skis with your hips centered and perfect your turns to both sides.  A Professional Ski Instructor or coach can make all the difference, so take the time to perfect your technique by taking a lesson at one or our local ski resorts, or sign-up for coaching from a community ski team such as the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF).

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Strength and Injury Prevention in Alpine Skiing: Part 2

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Developing and performing a proper pre-season/dry-land strengthening program can help to reduce your risk of injury and improve your performance.  Alpine skiing is unique in that it places equal demands on both sides of the body, as one has to be able to turn equally well to the right and the left.  Research has found that the left knee is most often injured in alpine skiing1.  Therefore it is important to compare the strength of your right and left legs to get the most out of your workouts.  (more…)

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