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    Do We Really Need to Stretch?

    To stretch or not to stretch, that is the question. Stretch before, stretch after? Stretch for 10 seconds? Stretch for two minutes? What types of stretches to try? Should we stretch, warm up or both? Does science have a clear answer to all of these questions? One thing is certain, popular opinion still seems clearly […] More

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    Heat makes the runner unhappy: here’s why

    Exposure to high temperatures and humidity is a major challenge for any participant of an endurance running race. Add to this an absence of wind and the invisible enemy, ultraviolet or UV rays, and the runner is faced with a truly fearsome climactic challenge. During the off-season, many runners plan to race abroad in hostile […] More

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    Running wisely means focusing on quality rather than quantity

    GPS watches, as well as our lovely social networks (Strava, Facebook and others), have the annoying habit of pushing us to increase our training volume rather than its quality and specificity. Although very useful, these tools can quickly become a runner’s worst enemy. There are many theories on training better to reach your trail running […] More

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    Feeling depressed or anxious? Try running as a medicine.

    Let’s face it: we live in a stressful world, and now we are all experiencing a new collective stress as we undergo this worldwide pandemic. We all know folks who are affected by mental health issues. Can a good physician prescribe running for depression or anxiety disorders? Most people report feeling better and “energized” after […] More

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    Becoming a run-commuter, the prescription of Doc Benoit

    Our collaborator Simon Benoit, an emergency doctor at the Verdun Hospital in Montreal, runs to work every day. As doctor who prescribes running through his chronicles of Distances+, he expands upon the common theme of reconciling family, work to recommend, if you can, to become yourself, dear readers, run-commuters. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology […] More

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    How to choose the best professional to treat an injury

    A runner who goes too hard, too fast or too often places great mechanical stress on his body and risks exceeding his body’s ability to adapt. This is when injuries occur. When you are injured, consulting a skilled professional not only speeds up recovery, but also helps you understand the mechanisms that are essential to […] More

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    Covid19: we are united against you!

    Dr. Simon Benoit divides his time between his responsibilities as a doctor in the emergency department of the Verdun Hospital in Montreal, Canada, and as a chief doctor at a Medical Clinic. A complete reorganization of the Quebec health care system has been carried out over the past weeks to put everything in place to […] More

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    On the Relevance and Prescription of Foot Orthotics

    The popularity of foot orthotics is on the rise. They are prescribed by many professionals with various educational backgrounds, from podologists, to orthotists, and podiatric physicians. The cost of prescribed foot orthotics varies widely, from as little as $10 for manufactured products sold in pharmacies to several hundred dollars for soft material orthotics molded by […] More

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    Choosing a Shoe Is an Exercise in Itself: Minimalism Explained

    In running, as in everything else, trends come and go. The minimalist style, very fashionable a few years ago, has now apparently give way to shoes with high stack height. Almost every manufacturer is constantly offering new models in this style with the promise of improved performance and reduced risk of injury. How can you […] More

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    Runners and anti-inflammatories: controversy and options

    We saw in the first article written about this subject that pain episodes associated with an injury are frequently treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in sports medicine. Two specific outcomes are targeted by NSAIDs: the treatment of pain and the treatment of the injury itself. Let’s try to understand the impact and effectiveness of […] More

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    The side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs: your need-to-know

    In Canada only, 19 million prescriptions for pain relievers are written each year and $4.5 billion is spent on every imaginable type of pain relievers available over the counter. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are popular with athletes who are looking for a quick solution to their aches and pains. In this class of drugs you […] More

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    Is Running Ultras the Worst Idea Ever?

    Are ultramarathoners and Ironman enthusiasts irresponsible thrill seekers who naively put their health at risk as reported by many detractors? Let us answer this question objectively on the basis of the most current scientific research and publication. The American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommend a minimum of 150 […] More