Sports Medicine Experts to Demonstrate the Importance of Proper Stretching as Part of ING New York City Marathon Post-Run Energizer

NEW YORK—September 24, 2009 

Event:

Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine Physicians and Therapists Lead ING NYC Marathon Post-Run Energizer

As the New York City Marathon approaches, runners training for this year’s race are focused on staying injury free. Stretching is a critical element in every runner’s routine and a major way to prevent injuries. Experts from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City will be on hand to discuss the importance of proper stretching and provide guided stretching and massages.

Date:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time:

9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Place:

ING DIRECT Café
968 3rd Avenue
(58th Street & Third Avenue)
New York, NY 10017

Personnel:
  • Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Jessica Graziano PT, DPT, CSCS, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Victoria Moran PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Jennifer Petrakis PT, DPT, MLT, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Anna Ribaudo PT, DPT, Hospital for Special Surgery
Details:

“Proper stretching is incredibly important for runners,” said Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery. “It lengthens the muscles and allows for greater joint motion.” An un-stretched or inappropriately stretched muscle, can lead to injuries. “Without adequate joint motion, a runner’s stride doesn’t have its full range of motion and that can result in a pulled muscle or a more serious injury,” added Dr. Metzl who will be on hand at this event and is running in the New York City Marathon himself. Dr. Metzl will discuss tapering, how to avoid injuries and will give final advice before the NYC Marathon.

“Most runners are aware of how important stretching is,” said Jessica Graziano, PT, DPT, Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery. “What’s key is whether the stretching is being done correctly, so that it’s doing more good than harm.”

For example, static stretching - long, slow constant stretching - and dynamic stretching - doing a warm up of the muscles to increase flexibility - are good ways to prepare for an easy run or a race like the marathon. Graziano, along with other physical therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery, will be at the ING Café to assist runners with proper stretching. “Every person is different and we can help make sure that each individual is doing the right stretches without causing pain,” added Graziano.

With the New York City Marathon fast approaching, runners will want to do all they can to avoid injuries.

If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to talk with Dr. Metzl prior to the event, please contact Public Relations staff at Hospital for Special Surgery, 212.606.1197. We also invite you to contact us throughout the marathon season if you would like to interview Dr. Metzl and other members of the HSS Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service team when you are writing and need background on sports medicine and preventing athletic injuries.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 24 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2009), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. In 2008 and 2007, HSS was a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.

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