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Running Too Many Marathons Can Cause Injuries

July 7, 2014


GREAT NECK, NY – There are many potential injuries associated with running marathons, particularly if runners do not adequately rest in between races. This is something to consider for those who may want to follow in the footsteps of a Long Island woman planning to run seven marathons in seven days to raise money for blood cancer research.

“Usually, it would be a stress fracture, especially in women,” says Barry Simonson, MD, orthopedic surgeon for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “So stress fractures of the foot, stress fractures of the tibia and even a hip stress fracture could be a possibility. If you do a lot of pounding, which a lot of marathons include, your knees are probably going to be the first things that stop you from continuing – anterior or knee pain that’s in the front of the knee… Seven days in a row, there’s no chance for the body to recuperate and to sort of recycle, so those injuries are just compounded.”
Dr. Simonson encourages adequate training, stretching and hydration for those who want to run a 26-plus mile race. According to Newsday, the races will take place across Long Island this week. And the Great Neck-based orthopedic surgeon wishes Long Islander Eva Casale well.
“I hope she makes it,” Dr. Simonson says. “It’s hard to believe someone can run seven marathons in seven days, but my hat’s off to her.”

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