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Don't jump into a new exercise program too quickly; always progress slowly and let your muscles, joints and bones adapt to the new stresses.

When bending down, keep your feet shoulders width apart, bend from your hips and do not round your spine. This avoids back strain.

When sitting use a firm chair with a straight back, maintain an adequate lordosis (using a lumbar roll will help support your low back).

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August Running Clinic



Thu, Aug 27th, 2009

The fall race season is right around the corner and Ridgefield Physical Therapy is hosting another Running Clinic to prepare athletes.  The clinic will be held on Thursday, August 27th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at their offices at 66 Grove Street in Ridgefield.

A sequel to the Spring Running Clinic held in May, Ridgefield Physical Therapy offers these popular free clinics to prepare athletes of all skill levels for both increased exercise and upcoming races.  The Spring Clinic prepped area runners for the Ridgefield Triathlon and the "Run Like a Mother" 5K.

The presentation, given by Physical Therapist Dr. Kate Campbell, PT, DPT, CSCS, will focus on running technique and running progression for injury prevention.  The panel present at the clinic will also include Owner and Certified Orthopedic Specialist Chuck Giordano, PT, MS, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapist Ann Nolan, Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Ross Henshaw of Danbury Orthopedic Associates, Coach David McCluskey from Ridgefield High School and Coach Fred Cone of Kilometers specialty running store.

To supplement the presentation runners' techniques will be evaluated by therapists, an individualized running progression program will be created and question and answer stations will be available for footwear, running gear, and specific injury discussion.

"Runners usually acquire injuries due to faulty mechanics or improper progression" Campbell said.  "This clinic's aim is to give runners an outsider's look into their technique and to provide an individualized program to progress to their goal, whether it is a 5K or marathon."

Admission is free and space is limited to 25 people.  Please reserve your spot as soon as possible by calling Ridgefield Physical Therapy at (203) 438-1898 or email RidgefieldRunningClinic@gmail.com with the subject "Running Clinic."

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