Omaha, NE (May 21, 2015) – Spring is here, which means that many active runners are gearing up for marathons. Healthcare staffing leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares tips for travel therapists to share with marathon runners.
As a travel therapist, it's important to understand how marathon running can be done safely – as this is an activity that puts a lot of stress on the lower body in particular.
Marathon running is very popular
There's a good chance you've already met with a few marathon runners if you've been taking travel therapy jobs, as the sport has become very popular. According to Competitor, the half-marathon is the fastest-growing race size in the U.S.
Many runners not only chase after these goals because it's a great way to get in shape, but also because it challenges them to manage their distances and times to reach a personal best. However, calf injuries, stress fractures, podiatric problems, and shin splints are all common issues that marathon runners suffer from regularly – but they can be prevented. To help your patients meet these challenges in a healthy way, keep these tips in mind for treating marathon runners.
Encourage patients to begin training early: Running 13.1 or 26.2 miles can't be done overnight. Not only do runners have to prevent injuries, but it also takes discipline and time to carry out such a commitment, especially if this is your patient's first time running a marathon. According to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, marathon runners should begin their training 18 weeks from the big race. Developing the muscles gradually will give the body the structure it needs to run with strength in a healthy way.
Get some practice: Runners should also gain from experience by opting in on 5K and 10K races, especially if they are beginners. This will let your patients understand the challenges and atmosphere surrounding race day. If the patient already knows what is expected, it can allow the physical therapist to come up with a more holistic training plan. Running with other marathon runners can also help your patients gain motivation and structure, so encourage them to train with a friend or group.
Warm-ups and cool-downs are crucial: Running for extended periods of time puts a lot of wear and tear on the body, and runners need to make sure their lungs, heart, and muscles are properly prepared. Loosening exercises, static stretching, and jogging are all excellent ways to get the body into marathon mode and help runners recover after their training session is over.
Read the full article for more travel therapy tips to keep runners safe.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.