Sock Doc – Is running bad for your health?

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We had a great virtual run with Dr. Steven Gangemi, AKA cult leader, where we talked about many different things including the recent articles stating that running was bad for your health.

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  • Ha! I was just reading through the article’s comments and saw the reference to “cult leader”… wow that guy was off it! Anyways, can’t wait to listen, so excited when I see Soc Doc come up on the podcast!

  • Just wanted to throw it out there….

    Talking to people who knew Micah personally, stated he had a habit of passing out on the trails. If I’m not mistaken, Chris McDougal also mentions this in Born to Run. So to the point where the Soc Doc mentions symptoms, this is a clear indicator that something was definitily wrong.

  • I’m listening to the podcast as I’m running and a couple of things stood out. It was said on the podcast that not all people are meant to run, genetics and the large body frame are to blame. That seems to go against everything said in Born To Run, where anyone can run event 6 foot giants. Yeah u can’t become an ultra runner overnight but I believe anyone can run even if ur genetics say u can’t.

    • Victor it was probably me that said a person’s genetics and large body frames make it more difficult to run. I think what I meant to say or at least convey is there are some body types find running easier.

      I agree with you, we are all meant to run. In fact, I believe Socdoc even stated, we are all meant to run.

      Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Yes, we are all born to run (as well as climb, lift, crawl, jump, etc.), regardless of genetics, but most have lost the ability to do so efficiently and efficiently over their years. For most, this can be re-learned and re-established, but not by just “going out for a run” – but rather moving, walking, and then running.

  • In regards to the person w/ unilateral Achilles Tendon issues, if it truly is a tendinopathy, performing concentric heel raises is something you should not do according to the research. Eccentric, yes, due to the ability to lengthen/strengthen tendon without creating increased inflammatory components (pain) of the musculo-tendinous structure by shortening it. This type of intervention increases microcirculation in the tendon (promoting healing). Other interventions such as iontophoresis, manual therapy, heel lifts, stretching also may help.

    Michael, PT

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