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The Strength Running Podcast

Coach Jason Fitzgerald shares running advice for new and veteran runners who are passionate about getting stronger, preventing running injuries, and racing faster. Featuring guests like Olympians Nick Symmonds and Shalane Flanagan, best-selling authors Alex Hutchinson and Matt Fitzgerald, and other Physical Therapists, Sports Psychologists, and Coaches. You’ll learn what it takes to run fast, stay healthy, and become a better runner with practical no-nonsense advice.
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May 28, 2020

Duane is the owner of Spark Physical Therapy in New Haven, CT and host of the Healthy Runner Podcast.

Duane initially started running as an adult, wanting to add some cardio to his gym sessions. After having a hip surgery, his doctor advised him to get off the treadmill and run outside. Without having fully recovered, Duane suffered a running-related hamstring tendon injury.

Through his own rehabilitation and his work as a physical therapist, Duane continues to set Personal Bests in his running career. He joins us today to have a deep-dive conversation about hamstring injuries:

  • the root causes of hamstring injuries
  • how to strengthen them (and his favorite hamstring exercise)
  • prevention advice (it's far easier to prevent than treat an injury!)
  • common myths about rehabilitation

Duane not only has the clinical expertise to evaluate and treat hamstring injuries but the coaching expertise to design training that better protects you from hurting this important muscle group.

We'll also discuss why tight hamstrings are sometimes falsely labeled an injury, why glute strength is intimately tied to hamstring health, and how "rest" is rarely the treatment for injuries.

Duane and Jason also talk about:

  • Why runners with hamstring issues should think twice about pool running
  • Can heavy shoes impact your hamstring health?
  • The most effective hamstring exercises for runners
  • When runners can use NSAIDS and when to avoid them

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May 21, 2020

David Joyce is a titan in the world of elite sport. He has worked at the highest levels of world athletics and with multiple national, world, and Olympic Champions. He’s worked at two Olympic Games, with elite rugby and soccer teams, and is currently the Head of Athletic Performance with the Greater Western Sydney Giants soccer team in Sydney, Australia.

He holds masters degrees in both sports physiotherapy and strength and conditioning and teaches the Masters of Strength and Conditioning course at Edith Cowan University in Perth.

He’s the main editor of two authoritative books on athletic performance and injury risk mitigation, the first is Sports Injury Prevention and Recovery: Integrating Medicine and Science for Performance Solutions and the second is High-Performance Training for Sports: The Authoritative Gide for Ultimate Athletic Conditioning.

In this episode, we’re discussing a more effective approach to injury recovery: a performance framework that isn’t simply interested in healing the injury, but actually getting you to your pre-injury level of performance.

We’ll talk about:

  • the major goals of this approach
  • how rehabilitation evolves over the course of an injury
  • major screening considerations for injuries
  • David’s top strategies for staying healthy if you currently don’t have an injury

For more on injuries, hear from 9 elite runners on their favorite prevention and recovery advice!

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May 14, 2020

Scott Caulfield is the director of strength and conditioning at Colorado College and previously the coaching education manager and head strength and conditioning coach for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education, a master's degree in sports coaching, and three important certifications:

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (NSCA)
  • Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach with Distinction (NSCA)
  • Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach (USA Weightlifting)

Scott has held strength coaching roles at Dartmouth College, the River Valley Club, the Vermont Frost Heaves, and Colorado College.

Topics from this episode include:

  • What a "Director of Strength & Conditioning" typically does on a day to day basis
  • The strength training differences needed for runners vs. hockey players
  • How to lift effectively at home without a lot of equipment
  • The strength implements he recommends buying for a total of less than $90
  • How to schedule strength training as an endurance runner

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May 7, 2020

Runners, friends, I recorded this episode to give you a small jolt of encouragement when I think we all need it.

I sincerely hope you are well, safe, healthy, and able to see those who you most care about. I’m in awe at the bravery of our healthcare pro’s who put their lives at risk to help others - and I’d like to give an enormous, public thank you to these heroes. 

As we’re all experiencing more and more fatigue from being quarantined and isolated, I hope that you reflect on what’s most important to you, invest in that, and encourage those around you with positivity.

We don’t have a formal sponsor for this episode but I’d like to thank all of you for making it possible. Without your support and feedback, we wouldn’t be here today.

I’m still in shock that the Strength Running Podcast is consistently in the Top 3 most popular running podcasts in the US. Thank you for every review, every download, and every share with your friends.

Thank you for listening.

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