Health and Wellness Blog

For nearly all his life, running was central to Brian Katz’s daily activities. “I was born to run,” Katz, 47, said. Athletic efforts included triathlons, marathons, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. In late 2013, though, an annoying lower back pain didn’t go away. It stayed through most of 2014. At first, he thought the soreness was a natural reaction to strenuous runs and workouts and endured it. Eventually, an intense training run produced an excruciating groin pain. After that, a 50-yard walk across the parking lot at work each day was a painful journey.

Rob Hoedel has worked on some of the world’s most treacherous seas and even survived a few ships sinking. A third-generation fisherman out of Kodiak Island, Alaska, Hoedel made a success of his commercial fishing operation and survived more than 50 years at sea without a major physical setback, until last summer.

Common in weight lifting as well as endurance sports, overtraining affects runners and all athletes. The workout that seemed to energize you now just makes you more fatigued. The soreness that faded the day after training now persists from one session to the next. Find out how to avoid overtraining and prevent injuries.

As much pleasure as gardening and landscaping offer, tilling dirt and pruning plants also can cause injuries, some of them significant. Tens of thousands of people across the U.S. are hurt in garden and yard accidents each year. Add power tools to the mix and the number climbs into the hundreds of thousands.

Time for a little run around the neighborhood, maybe a jog on the treadmill? Left, right, left, right . . . Pain! Familiar with the pattern? If you’ve ever enjoyed the benefits of running, you’ve also likely felt that accompanying pain in the shin. Shin splints can be a precursor for stress fractures or lead to the fascia separating from the tibia. The best treatment is to first decrease risk of injury.