As the exclusive annual physical therapy sponsors of the Missoula Marathon, Alpine Physical Therapy continues to be a resource to all participants. As such, we were compelled to provide this write up, especially for those considering next year’s race.
In the following link, researchers did tests on a select group of runners. They found that about half of the functioning parts of the heart lose function during a marathon. Why? It appears the loss in function is from “an increase in inflammation and a decrease in blood flow through the [heart] muscle.” Notably, all impairments in heart function returned to normal when the runners were retested three months later.
Tips for maximizing heart health during a marathon were two-fold. First, the authors recommend that runners stay hydrated during the race. Second, they emphasize the importance of proper and thorough training prior to race day.
For the complete article from today’s MSNBC, click here.
And for additional resources for runners, be sure to visit the Missoula Marathon home page at www.MissoulaMarathon.com, and click on “Training.”
And check out our Runner’s Clinic at Alpine by clicking here.