Friday Tip of the Week – World’s Best IT Band Stretch

Runner’s World states that Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee (and, therefore, running) becomes painful. IT band pain can be severe enough to completely sideline a runner for weeks, or even longer. Continue reading

Friday Tip of the Week: Knee and Ankle Stability Exercises

If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I was annoyed by an ex-runner who gave me grief about running because they suffered knee injures. Needless to say, I had to bite my tongue, smile, and say “If I develop issues, I’ll get it taken care of.” If you ask me, I believe that if you run smart, cross train properly, and ensure you are consistent with warming up before and stretching after runs, you’ll reduce your risk of injury significantly. Continue reading