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Run for Life: Part 3

Welcome back for the conclusion of Run for Life!   Injury #3: Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) There can be many different causes for knee pain, but one of the biggest culprits is overall faulty mechanics. In the vast majority of cases we find a significant lack of hip and trunk strength and stability as well … Read More

As the phoenix rises from the ashes, so too will RGIII!

Hyperbole maybe. Let’s be honest; millions of people, professional athletes included, have had this procedure, had excellent physical therapy and returned to nearly, if not completely, 100%. However, Robert Griffin III holds a special place in the hearts and minds of everyone in the Metro DC area and for many in and around professional football. … Read More

Run for Life: Part 2

Welcome back to Run for Life: Part 2. We will continue with another common running injury…   Injury #2: Iliotibial band syndrome (a.k.a. IT band syndrome/ITBS) This is another chronic inflammation issue where the IT band, which is the big band of connective tissue on the side of your leg, becomes irritated due to overuse … Read More

Run for Life: Part 1

In this 3 part series, Dr. Ivy Roe, one of our talented Performance Physical Therapists and our resident running guru, will break down several issues that plague runners in their quest for their next PR.     Plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints…any of these sound familiar? It is estimated up to … Read More

Running a “Difficult Wet-Dirt” Race?? Prepare like a Pro

As thousands descend on the sites of Spartan Races, Tough Mudders©, Warrior Dashes and races like them, we get questions about what to do to prepare for the week or day of the race. Here is what team  “SPARK It Up” is doing and you should too. * Emphasize the importance of race-week nutrition and … Read More

Mud Madness Prep Course: Week #6 training schedule

It’s already Week 6! Mud Madness (MM) training is 10 weeks long but no worries! We’re going for the full 20 weeks of hard core training so that our team is prepared for what awaits. Everyone is stronger. Faster. Tougher!! Keep up the great work SPARK It Up teammates. If you’re continuing to follow us … Read More