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Please Consult Your Doctor...

Uncategorized Oct 17, 2019

Starting an exercise program can be intimidating... You're nervously excited about the changes in your life that are "sure to come" and want to put your best foot forward. Then you get to the gym and sign the waivers and see the line, “first consult with your doctor before beginning a training program” to assure that you are healthy enough to engage in the rigors of training. What does this mean? What will they look for? How can you decrease your likelihood of being a part of the well publicized “80%” (Active.com) of runners who experience an injury each year. A physician will likely check your heart and lungs to assure that you are healthy physiologically before clearing you to continue, but as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and as a running and triathlon coach, there are several other things that should be assessed to insure you have the greatest chance of a successful season and the lowest chance of developing or exacerbating injuries. 

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