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.
ING DIRECT Café
“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.