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Running Without Injury: Identifying & Addressing Movement Imbalances

Running without injury to achieve one’s fitness, training, and/or racing goals is the predominant objective of runners. It is important to filter training and treatment fads to understand the true reason runners get injured. Why do some runners…
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Foot Facts: Understanding Your Feet to Prevent Injuries

  Thanks for the great article, John! Take a few minutes and read on. This is a nicely summarized article on why foot care will help help us reduce injuries as runners.    Feet are generally underappreciated. We cover our feet…
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Dry Needling for Pain Free Running: What is it and is it right for me?

Dry Needling is a specialized service offered by Sapphire Physical Therapy. I am often asked how dry needling works and how it differs from acupuncture treatment. Due to the success I have personally had with both patients and in treating my…
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Ankle and Lower Leg Functional Changes with Age: Implications for Running Efficiency and Injury Prevention

A September 9, 2015 article in the New York Times brought to the forefront the work of Paul DeVita, a professor of kinesiology at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and president of the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr. DeVita’s…
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Video Running Analysis for Performance and Injury Prevention

September marks the beginning of the fall running season. Smoke-filled skies will soon give way to clear, frost-covered mornings. While fall offers some of Missoula’s best running conditions, nine months of running miles often results in fall…
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Running With Knee Pain: The Role of the Vastus Medialis Oblique for Knee Health

Knee pain is a common running injury. A rapid increased in mileage, hill training, weakness in the quadriceps, hip, glut, foot, and ankle musculature are contributing factors to knee pain. Lack of stabilization at the hip or lower leg places…