Healthcare staffing agency, Aureus Medical, talks travel PT and too much running

Omaha, NE, (April 16, 2014) - For running, too much of a good thing appears to be bad, according to a new study that travel physical therapy professionals should pay attention to. Healthcare staffing agency, Aureus Medical Group, shares information on why too much running could be bad for your health.

The research, presented to the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., found that while running regularly assists with weight control, blood pressure and stress, there may be a point of diminishing returns.

Generally, the "more is better" mentality can be easily to lean on for workouts, but it falls short in terms of running. Researchers from Cardiovascular Research Institute (CRI) at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pa., revealed that high-mileage runners and those who get no exercise both tend to have shorter lifespans than moderate runners. However, the reasons remain unclear.

Martin Matsumura, co-director of CRI, evaluated data from more than 3,800 male and female runners whose average age was 46. Participants were involved in the Masters Running Study, a web-based study of training and health information on runners. Nearly 7 out of 10 subjects reported running more than 20 miles per week.

The runners gave information on their health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and family history of heart disease. They even shared their use of common painkillers called NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen), which have been associated with heart problems.

But none of these factors shed light on the shorter lives of high-mileage runners. Thus, Matsumura and colleagues ruled out cardiac risk or the use of certain medications as factors of reduced longevity.

So, what should those working in travel physical therapy jobs tell their patients? Find a happy medium. Beginning runners should start with 2 to 4 miles per week at about 20 to 30 minutes. Most advanced runners can take off around the 20 mile mark per week. The key? Run as comfortably as possible and listen to your body. Walking is a great alternative, too. Both healthcare staffing and patients should stay tuned to upcoming research into the mileage-lifespan link.

Dr. James O'Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-American Heart Institute in Kansas City, reviewed the findings. He believed that there's simply too much wear and tear on the bodies of runners who take off dozens of miles per week. Running on concrete, pavement and other hard surfaces can grind down joints and cartilage in the knees, ankles and feet, while straining muscles.

Read the full article to learn more about other running problems.

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.