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Sports Medicine Experts to Demonstrate the Importance of Proper Stretching as Part of ING New York City Marathon Post-Run Energizer

NEW YORK—September 24, 2009



Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine Physicians and Therapists Lead ING NYC Marathon Post-Run Energizer

As the New York City Marathon approaches, runners training for this year’s race are focused on staying injury free. Stretching is a critical element in every runner’s routine and a major way to prevent injuries. Experts from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City will be on hand to discuss the importance of proper stretching and provide guided stretching and massages.


Sunday, September 27, 2009


9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


968 3rd Avenue
(58th Street & Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

  • Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Jessica Graziano PT, DPT, CSCS, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Victoria Moran PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Jennifer Petrakis PT, DPT, MLT, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Anna Ribaudo PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery

“Proper stretching is incredibly important for runners,” said Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. “It lengthens the muscles and allows for greater joint motion.” An un-stretched or inappropriately stretched muscle, can lead to injuries. “Without adequate joint motion, a runner’s stride doesn’t have its full range of motion and that can result in a pulled muscle or a more serious injury,” added Dr. Metzl who will be on hand at this event and is running in the New York City Marathon himself. Dr. Metzl will discuss tapering, how to avoid injuries and will give final advice before the NYC Marathon.

“Most runners are aware of how important stretching is,” said Jessica Graziano, PT, DPT, Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery. “What’s key is whether the stretching is being done correctly, so that it’s doing more good than harm.”

For example, static stretching - long, slow constant stretching - and dynamic stretching - doing a warm up of the muscles to increase flexibility - are good ways to prepare for an easy run or a race like the marathon. Graziano, along with other physical therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery, will be at the ING Café to assist runners with proper stretching. “Every person is different and we can help make sure that each individual is doing the right stretches without causing pain,” added Graziano.

With the New York City Marathon fast approaching, runners will want to do all they can to avoid injuries.

If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to talk with Dr. Metzl prior to the event, 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 Dr. Metzl and other 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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