Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., is a nationally-recognized sports medicine physician who specializes in the treatment of athletic injuries at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. His practice treats more than 20,000 patients and is consistently voted among New York’s top sports medicine doctors by New York magazine. In addition to his medical practice, he is a 29-time marathon runner and nine-time Ironman finisher.
His new book, entitled “The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies: 1,001 Doctor-Approved Health Fixes and Injury-Prevention Secrets for a Leaner, Fitter, More Athletic Body!” was released March 30, 2012 by Rodale, Inc. and is receiving widespread publicity and well-deserved praise.
Even a quick perusal of this book shows that it is destined, for many years to come, to become the next bible for athletes on issues ranging from prevention to treatment to everything in between. In Dr. Metzl’s words: “This book is dedicated to the millions of athletes who wake up each morning at 5:30, with no fanfare, and drag themselves out of bed to keep fit.” (Reprinted from: The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies © 2012 by Dr. Jordan D. Metzl. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc. Available wherever books are sold).
I was lucky to see Dr. Metzl speak to a group of runners last night at a book signing at the Jack Rabbit Store on Lexington Avenue and 85th Street, in Manhattan. Within moments I was convinced that – for starters – I need to increase my strength training and use a foam roller – two things he stresses runners need to do to stay strong and avoid injury. During Q&A, I asked him what advice he would give to runners who travel to races. He advised that athletes often don’t give themselves enough travel time, and, that, as a result, at the time the event begins, the athlete is still stiff from the travel. What are your tips for traveling before a race or competitive event? My simplest ones would be to travel with a water bottle, and to take an aisle seat on a plane (both to stretch out legs, and for ease of getting up to walk around or to walk to the bathroom).
Dr. Metzl and Rodale, Inc. have generously donated two copies of the book for me to give away to dedicated readers of this blog. In order to enter the contest, you will need to do two things:
1. Leave a comment here on this blog with your tips on traveling before (or after) a competitive event, and
2. If you are on Twitter, please tweet the following: “win a copy of The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies by Dr Metzl at http://www.willrunformiles.com/ @katruns26point2″
Only one entry per person. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing on May 15, 2012.
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