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Ask the Physical Therapist! Caitlin Alexander, DPT Answers Your Injury Questions

As runners, we accept a certain amount of risk for undertaking such a high impact sport. While 100% injury prevention may not be possible, you can learn the best practices to stay healthy for consistent training and racing.

Let’s face it: injuries are frustrating. They keep us from doing the sport that we love and require a concerted effort for long-lasting recovery. If you have struggled with ongoing injuries, I can relate. Having dealt with just about all the major running related issues in the past, I have an unfortunate amount of experience in injury management and recuperation. 

Research and experience has taught me what is most important when it comes to injury prevention and recovery. Fortunately I have learned from my past mistakes! By making better decisions in your training and recovery, you can also become much more resilient.

Dr. Caitlin Alexander answers your questions on injuries

My guest on today’s episode in Dr. Caitlin Alexander. Caitlin is a physical therapist, a professional triathlete, and a certified triathlon and running coach. Three years ago she joined me on episode 179 to talk about long-term injuries, and now she is here to answer reader questions on injury reduction.

Caitlin owns Hü Performance in downtown Boulder, Colorado. She works with a wide variety of athletes, from weekend warriors to competitive triathletes and elite runners. In addition to physical therapy, Caitlin also offers professional bike fitting, personalized strength and conditioning, and endurance coaching.

Caitlin addresses a variety of reader questions on running injuries, including topics such as:

  • The most efficient means of injury prevention for time-crunched athletes
  • Ending the cycle of recurrent tendonitis after time away from training
  • Dealing with lower back pain after long runs
  • How to determine what kind of pain is worrisome and what you can run through
  • What to prioritize for healthy running as we get older
  • Why running alone doesn’t replace strength training
  • How different types of stress contribute to injury

My conversation with Caitlin will help you stay healthy this season and in the years to come!

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Thank you DrinkLMNT!

A big thanks to DrinkLMNT for their support of this episode! They make electrolyte drinks for athletes and low-carb folks with no sugar, artificial ingredients, or colors. They are offering a free gift with your purchase at DrinkLMNT. And this does NOT have to be your first purchase. You’ll get a sample pack with every flavor so you can try them all before deciding what you like best. 

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