Dr. Glasgow's husband, Philip, keeps her competitive side going; they participate in triathlons around the world together. They have competed in Ireland, St. Croix, San Francisco, Telluride, and most recently, Scotland. She also serves as a staff physician for the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon.
rehabilitation. Her first piece of advice to athlete patients: “The most important part of training is knowing when to rest, and that is the number one thing people don’t know how to do correctly,” she says. “More is not better.” How do you know when you need rest? “For those who do endurance sports, training should be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Do not fall for the old adage ‘push through the pain.’” She explains further, “Pain is our body’s way of telling us to slow down, to take a step back.” Training too fast and too hard will eventually lead to injury. Dr. Glasgow recommends starting any new training slowly, increasing only 5 to 10 percent each week, and “have a minimum of two days of rest per week. If you run, you can’t be running all seven days.” On the “off ” days, try cross training, yoga or some other discipline. “People who train in just their area are shown to have more injuries and more burn out than those who mix things up,” she says. Next, she counsels patients to watch their nutritional needs. She advises patients to have a whole-food diet—fresh fruits, STYLE 2017
veggies, whole wheat, grains, etc. And watch out for those trendy bars that line the shelves. “They can be highly processed. You will get more nutrition from a handful of nuts.” She also cautions that the pendulum can swing both ways: some train and feel the output justifies their desire to eat anything they want. Others obtain fitness goals and will do anything to keep the weight they have lost off, including malnourishing their bodies, which can lead to injury. This can be especially true of her female patients, says Dr. Glasgow. Female athlete triad syndrome is an energy deficiency in women with or without disordered eating, leading to a disruption of the menstrual cycle and possible bone loss. It is also one of the most frequent syndromes Dr. Glasgow treats in her female athletes. She also sees patients frequently struggling with overuse injuries that can lead to stress fractures if they go untreated. “If you have an overuse injury, cut training back by half. Try ibuprofen and icing for a week. If that doesn’t help, stop training all together,” she advises. An untreated overuse injury can turn into a stress fracture, which means a strict
four to six weeks of no training while you heal. “But after that, we still have to figure out why the injury occurred and correct that.” Diet, the wrong footwear, improper training techniques could all be a culprit; it can take time to reverse these conditions before an athlete can go back to training— and once you do, it is back to the basics. “After recovery, increase training by only 5 to 10 percent per week, and if pain returns, back off again.” But Dr. Glasgow’s cardinal rule of thumb: listen to your body. Pain is a symptom. “It is one thing to be physically exhausted; that is okay. But to be in pain… that is not.” And she knows what she is talking about; sometimes the best thing an athlete can do is take a break to heal. “I will be honest, my last race was really tough, both emotionally and physically. It really took it out of me. So I took a month off. It really is okay to take a break.” Angeline Grenz is a freelance writer and small business owner based in Loveland. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on Aug 31, 2017