I am frequently asked the question, “Why roll my muscles?” There are several good reasons, but here are my top four:
But one of the most exciting days of my professional life was when I discovered why even the best runners get injured. Regardless of speed, distance, size, training, and mental fortitude, there is one common feature that limits every runner and will eventually turn that runner into a statistic. No. Not overly supportive running shoes.
IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common complaints among runners. It’s one of the “dirty half dozen” running injuries. IT Band syndrome usually feels like a sharp, stabbing pain along the outer side of the thigh and knee.
Research on the mechanics of running teaches us some good reasons to run on trails. As a scientist, a physical therapist, and a runner, here are the top five reasons I encourage others to try trail running:
William of Ockham devised a problem-solving principle that is used in science, engineering, and medicine to this day. His principle can be summarized like this: the best solution to a problem is the simplest one. I’ve always loved this principle. I use it daily in my clinical practice, and I used it to develop the MyoReflex Roller.