The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Hamstring Strengthening Exercises

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Hamstring Strengthening Exercises By Sandy Baird, DC, ART   When it comes to strengthening exercises for the hamstrings, a more accurate description would be “Good, Better, and Ugly”.  Most hamstring injuries occur during the late-swing phase of gait, as the hamstrings eccentrically contract to help slow down the leg.  Any strengthening that can be done in an eccentric manner can help prevent…

Running: Pick Your Podcast

Running: Pick Your Podcast Good music is sometimes the key to getting through a workout comfortably.  You can pick tunes with a tempo that matches your cadence for a smooth run.  Turning up the volume on rock classics can get you up and over hills.  And listening to your new favorite song, well, that will just make you happy.  And workouts are easier when you are happy.  But what other…

Side Stitches

I'm sure everyone has experienced a side stitch while running.  They can stop you cold in your tracks.  If you experience them more often than you care to, here's another great blog by Dr. Gabe Mirkin of Enjoy!

Side Stitch

By Dr. Gabe Mirkin

You're running at a fast clip and suddenly you feel a dull ache just underneath your ribs on the right side and as you keep…

Post Oakland Marathon Advice

This year, I was honored to be responsible for running the Massage Tent after the Oakland Marathon and holding a booth at the Oakland Running Festival Expo.   Being in the thick of the Oakland Running Festival, I was reminded of what a great city Oakland is and the infectious pride of its residents.  Thanks to all Oakland Running Festival organizers, volunteers, massage therapists, runners, and fans for a rememberable event.…

Oakland Marathon and Sports Massage

Innersport is proud to be the sponsor of the Oakland Marathon Massage Tent on March 27th, 2011.

After your half marathon or marathon, please stop by the Massage Tent for complimentary massages by qualified sports massage therapist volunteers.   This year, we will also be offering the following complimentary services in the Massage Tent:
  • ART (Active Release Techniques)
  • Graston
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stretching
  • Spidertech taping and Kinesiotaping
Should you have an injury,…

Research on Muscle Cramps

Many athletes experience muscle cramps during exercise.  Cramps were once thought to be due to mineral deficiencies or dehydration.  Dr. Gabe Mirkin ( reviewed research that gives us another possible cause of muscle cramps during exercise below.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine January 16, 2011

Special Issue: Muscle Cramps in Exercisers

Muscle cramps are common during very intense exercise and occur far less often during less-intense training, because…

Are you a Pronator?

Athlete Seminar Series:   What you don't know about pronation.

Please join us for a presentation on WHAT happens, WHEN, and WHERE during running as it pertains to pronation of the foot. When:  Tuesday,  January 25    7:15PM Where:  Innersport 1250 Addison St. Suite 102, Berkeley, CA 947o2  510.883.1126 RSVP: Cost:  FREE!…

Training with Injuries

Why Soft Tissue Injuries Occur

Research has shown that up to 80% of runners are injured every year with most injuries being at the knee. (Van Gent et al., Clin J Sport Med. 2009.) Majority of these injuries are due to soft tissue overload. Other factors include flexibility, range of motion, strength, alignment, shoes, surface, etc. Soft tissue includes structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The body and soft

Knee Pain and Running

Knee Pain with Running My last blog briefly covered the top 5 running injuries we see in the clinic. Knee pain is at the top of the list. Although there are several different diagnoses we find with runners, I would like to focus on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is pain around the knee cap, usually due to a "tracking" problem as well as the patella (kneecap) compressing…

Top 5 Running Injuries

Up to 80% of runners are injured every year and there's a greater prevalence in industrialized countries. Here are the top five running injuries we see in the clinic.  You will learn about the characteristics of the injury, the biomechanical cause, and what type of stress caused the injury.
  1. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS):  PFPS is pain in the front of the knee or around the knee cap experienced most with