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What Music Do Runners Listen To?

Need some music inspiration while you hit the pavement? Look no further. 

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Dynamic Stretches for Runners

Wondering how you should be stretching before a run? The more movement, the better. 

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Trying to Stay Hydrated? The Truth About Sports Drinks VS. Water

Read the label – sports and energy drinks may have more in them than you bargained for.

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Training For Your Next Race With OrthoCarolina

From training plans to learning how to properly foam roll, OrthoCarolina has your back as you prepare for your first or next race!

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Foam Rolling Tips from the Pros

Foam rolling can help runners relax tight muscles and increase flexibility. These exercises target specific muscle groups for runners.

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The Different Kinds of Runs You See on Training Plans and Why Each Are Important

Training for an upcoming race? The training plan you use will vary runs and styles. Here’s why each are important for a successful outing.

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You Asked: 10K Training Plan FAQ's

Have questions about OrthoCarolina's 10K training plans? The author of the training talks about everything from cross-training and injuries, to how to fuel before a long run. 

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10k Training Plans From a Physical Therapist

Whether you're training for your first 10k or looking for that new personal record, our physical therapist authored training plans will help get you there.

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Never Leave a Man Behind – Two Physicians Help Another Overcome Injury and Become a Warrior for Good

An injury just days before he was slated to run the Boston Marathon didn’t keep a local anesthesiologist from his goals.

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Physical Performance Testing: Not Just for NFL Hopefuls

When NFL hopefuls go through drills in the NFL Combine, millions of dollars are on the line but these drills can help you, too, as you chart your athletic progress or as your PT decides if you're ready to get back to activity after an injury.

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    Running Race Etiquette

    Occasionally poor runner’s etiquette can get in the way of having a good race day experience. Here are a few helpful tips whether you’ve never run a race before or are a seasoned competitor. 

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    The 30-Second Stretching Rule

    It’s common to see runners and other athletes prepare for training by quickly touching their toes or stretching their quads. But how long should you really be holding a stretch?

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    Six Things We Learned About the NFL Combine from the Panthers’ Head Team Physician

    The medical knowledge gleaned from the NFL Combine (which itself was started by physicians) will inform the draft. 

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    Tips for Safe Winter Running

    Running in the winter can be an exhilarating challenge. But it also presents unique challenges and can add a higher risk for injuries.

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    From College Basketball Star to Orthopedic Surgeon – How Sports Shaped One Doctor's Future

    In seventh grade, she almost got cut from the basketball team, but Dr. Julie Woodside’s future held an NCAA basketball career where she learned the focus that propelled her into orthopedic surgery.

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    Free Workouts You Can Do at Home

    Life making it hard to get to the gym? Here's a list of resources that provide free workouts. 

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    World Champion Power Lifter Calls Total Hip Replacement a "Miracle" Hitting the Gym Just Weeks After Surgery

    Learn how a power-lifter has built his fitness back up after a total hip replacement. 

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    How a Year of Pilates Shaved 15 Seconds Off My Mile Pace

    After OC Physical Therapist Assistant Mary Jean followed through on a year of Pilates classes, she looks back at the results she’s seen, including a 15-second reduction in her mile pace.

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    5 Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Running Resolution

    It’s no surprise that fitness is one of the top New Year’s resolutions year after year. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the top resolutions that isn’t fulfilled.

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    How to Have a Healthy 2019: REAL Tips from an Orthopedist

    Many of us make healthy resolutions every year, stick to them for a while, and inevitably break them. Sound familiar?

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    Giving it a Whirl: a Ballet Dancer’s Quest to Rehab in Time for the Ultimate Holiday Performance

    To Mia, dancing The Nutcracker is an obligatory part of the holiday season. At 16 years old, she dances five days a week for 20 hours a week. She will do anything to stay on her toes and one day dance in New York. 

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    Reindeer Games Workout

    After this workout, Rudolph may have been happy that he didn't have to participate in those reindeer games! Physical therapist Sarah Dobroka has helped us get into the holiday spirit by putting together this calorie-sleighing workout.

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    Running in Cold Weather

    Cold weather can make runners more prone to injuries as muscles tense up and can cause asthmatic flares.

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    A Simple Way to Improve Your Running

    While there may be no perfect way to run for everyone, we can all benefit from a few tips that can improve running efficiency.

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    OrthoCarolina's Halloween Workout

    This circuit workout is all tricks so you can have a few more of those delicious treats!

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