Sports Medicine Experts to Provide Training Tips for ING New York City Marathon Runners

Amani Toomer, former New York Giant, discusses first-time marathon training

New York City—September 22, 2010 

Event:

In the Home Stretch: Optimizing Your Last Month Before the Marathon

Physicians and therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service and the Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center will provide tips for beginners and experienced runners as they approach the finish line of their training for the ING New York City Marathon.

Topics will include common running mistakes during marathons, last-minute tips for aches and pains, effective nutrition habits, and opportunities for stretching on Marathon Monday.

The event will also feature special guest Amani Toomer, Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants wide receiver, who will discuss his experiences training for his first marathon as a Timex athlete.

Hospital for Special Surgery is an Orthopedic Consultant to the New York Road Runners for the ING New York City Marathon.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Place: Hospital for Special Surgery
Richard L. Menschel Conference Center
535 East 70th Street, Second Floor (between York Ave. and FDR Dr.)
New York City

Panel:
  • Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician
  • Riley Williams, M.D., sports medicine orthopedic surgeon
  • Polly de Mille, R.N., RCEP, CSCS, exercise physiologist
  • Robert Maschi, PT, DPT, CSCS, rehabilitation specialist
  • Heidi Skolnik, M.S., CDN, FACSM, sports nutritionist
  • Amani Toomer, Super Bowl Champion and former New York Giants wide receiver
Details:

“Distance running puts high joint loads on the hip, knee, foot and ankle - so it's obvious that is where you'll see most of your running joint injuries,” said sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Riley J. Williams, M.D. Because of the repetitive nature of the motion involved with the sport, there are a wealth of injuries that are specific to runners, according to Dr. Williams, who is a member of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

The threat of injury continues as race day approaches, when many runners begin to worry they have not trained enough and put themselves at risk for overextension. However, not all serious running regimens will inevitably result in injury, according to Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. A running plan that includes proper tapering and stretching can help runners avoid injury, maintain fitness and ensure the body is rested and ready for optimal performance.

"Our idea of making your training program as healthy as possible is: how do you set proper goals, how do you keep yourself running for life, how do you recognize when there's an injury… and how do you work on prevention going forward?" Dr. Metzl said.

With just one month left until the ING New York City Marathon, runners will receive insightful tips about injury prevention, nutrition and tapering from all the speakers.

If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to talk with the participating Hospital for Special Surgery experts, please contact Public Relations staff at Hospital for Special Surgery, 212.606.1197. We also invite you to contact us throughout the marathon season if you would like to interview members of the HSS Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service team when you are writing and need background on sports medicine and preventing athletic injuries.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, and No. 16 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2010-11), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2010, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at http://www.hss.edu/.

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