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Sports Medicine Expert Panel Provides Advice to Runners During the Last Month of Training for the ING New York City Marathon

NEW YORK—October 2, 2009


Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine Physicians Lead “In the Home Stretch – Optimizing Your Last Month Before the Marathon” Learning Session

With approximately one month left prior to the ING New York City Marathon, a proper tapering plan, nutrition and dealing with aches and pains is important. Physicians and therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City will be on hand to provide final tips for beginner and experienced runners as they enter the home stretch of their training programs.

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

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Hospital for Special Surgery
Richard L. Menschel Conference Center (second floor)
535 East 70th Street (between York Avenue and FDR Drive)
  • Riley J. Williams, M.D., sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Brian C. Halpern, M.D., sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Theresa Chiaia, PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Rob Maschi, PT, DPT, CSCS, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM, sports nutritionist, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Heather Williams, PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery.

“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 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 Service team when you are writing and need background on sports medicine and preventing athletic injuries.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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