Medical Rounds with Ken Bruno

Hartford Healthcare is providing first-aid services for the Hartford Marathon. Ken Bruno from Hartford Healthcare's Rehabilitation Network explains how HHC Rehab Network will be working with athletes to avoid injury.



Q. Tell us about what you will be offering to athletes?
A. We will have physical therapists there to help stretch athletes pre and post-race as well as treating any type of strains, fatigue, dehydration, etc. The Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation tent will be located at the balloon arch near carousel.

Q. Some runners don’t properly stretch before a race. What is adequate and why is it so important?
A. A dynamic warm-up improves blood flow, maximizing the power muscles generate decreasing your risk for injury. And properly preparing the body for the movement required for running.

Q. And, post-race is just as important to stretch... what happens if you don’t stretch upon completion?
A. When running your body builds up lactic acid, which occurs from the energy you’ve expended. This lactic acid makes you really sore – stretching decreases the length of soreness.

Q. Any general strategies or advice for the runner on race day?
A. Nothing new on race day (equipment, hydration, nutrition). Appropriate clothing (layering, possible moisture wicking, etc). Proper pacing of the run at the beginning (don’t go out too fast, it’s a long race). Stay positive and thank a volunteer


For more information

Visit: https://rehab.hartfordhealthcare.org/


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