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NEW TECHNOLOGY Traditional therapies play an important role in recovery, says Dr. Dave Simon, but there’s some exciting action happening in refining biologic treatments. “These include platelet rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy applications to enhance and modulate healing for a wide variety of injuries and conditions, ranging from chronic overuse phenomena to acute trauma to post-op cases, and everything in between.” Other exciting developments in recovery include the controlled mechanical loading of tissue earlier in the injury/surgery recovery process with a tool such as the Alter-G treadmill, says Simon. Alter-G technology is also allowing more runners with elements of osteoarthritis in the hips, knees or ankles to maintain or increase training volume in a fashion that is easier on their bodies, allowing them to effectively extend their running careers. Another entrant in the injury treatment and recovery realm is the “cryo-chamber, also known as a cold sauna, which fundamentally represents a modernized approach to ice baths,” adds Simon, whose Ottawa-based practice focuses on orthopaedic sports medicine, arthroscopic joint preservation and upper extremity surgery. Besides helping with injury recovery, new technology boosts recovery time between workouts. “Newer active sequential compression technologies, such as the RecoveryPump system, and small neuromuscular stimulation units, such as Geko, are really effective in promoting active recovery in a passive manner. I’m using these more and more with my elite athletes and seeing fantastic responses, but these technologies are also available to everyone in a portable, easy to use way.”


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stability and mobility, while employing several modalities, including the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill and the HydroWorx underwater treadmill.


Certified athletic therapist Steve Broad’s prescription for recovery success is goal setting and alternate activities that keep athletes active and focused on getting better. “There is absolutely no good that can come from setting goals that are unrealistic. If you don’t obtain them, you risk falling in to a negative tailspin that can really throw a great athlete into a depression,” says Broad of, which offers a wide range of equipment to help people get back in their game, including the Alter-G treadmill. According to Broad, the Alter-G can “unweight a patient up to 20% of their body weight. This is done through pressurization inside a large bag that fits around the treadmill so that the athlete can move unencumbered inside the bag and allow normal gait mechanics, which is an important aspect of the training and rehabilitation process.”


High-performance triathlete Lisa Bentley

says she’s lucky to have suffered few injuries during the past 18 years given the demanding nature of Ironman events. She suffered a patella femoral injury, a torn hip labrum and chronic Achilles issues during her prime racing years. “I dealt with injuries by exploiting what I could do rather than on focusing on what I could not do. It is silly to run in pain so I did anything and everything that did not cause pain,” says the 45-year-old triathlete who has won 11 Ironman competitions since 1996. When injured, Bentley struggled to find workouts to replace running. But once she realized she could come back from injury just as strong or stronger by water running and supplementing with cycling or swimming, “I was emotionally okay with not running.” The key is to be 100% focused on getting healthy, says Bentley. “Sport is a lifestyle and it is forever if you are smart and allow your body to heal. Find other activities to keep you busy.” Everyone gets injured at some point, so be the best injured person you can be, advises Bentley, of Caledon, ON. “Anyone can be a champion when the going is good but a true champ does well when the going gets tough. Injury is tough but be a champion of your injury by respecting it.”

TAKE A BREAK It’s simple: too much running equals injury. “Very, very few, only the elite of the elite, can run seven days a week and never get injured,” says Sheldon Persad, co-owner of Stay healthy and improve aerobic capacity by utilizing other modes of activity, says Persad. Try water running, biking, rowing, skipping, cross country skiing and rollerblading. Getting back to being 100 per cent sometimes necessitates a complete break from running, not just running less, says Persad, a certified track coach and distance running coach, as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Toronto. “Someone who is swimming and cross country skiing will still be able to tax their aerobic and anaerobic systems but minimize impact and stress on the body that occurs.” Persad’s surefire recipe for injury: “Too much running and too many garbage miles; not enough cross training; no strength training; attempting to run through injuries, and not enough rest. Most runners would do well to address all five points.” No matter your emotional pain, never further your physical pain by running through an injury, “unless we are talking about the final kick to the finish line of a race,” says Simon, otherwise, you risk ending up in his office or operating room.

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iRun April 2014 Issue 03  

IRun | Digital Edition | Issue 03 2014 The magazine for Canada's running community, iRunNation. Inside this issue: Inside the mind of Canad...

iRun April 2014 Issue 03  

IRun | Digital Edition | Issue 03 2014 The magazine for Canada's running community, iRunNation. Inside this issue: Inside the mind of Canad...