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Doctor insights on: What Skills Needed In Cross Country Running

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How can I increase running skills?

How can I increase running skills?

Commitment to train: "we must learn to walk before we can run" so start out easy with brisk walk, then jogging, then increase to run overtime. Alternating between jog/walk/sprint provide good balance of cardiovascular and wt management benefits. Chose methods that fit your lifestyle/work/family--living healthy is a life-time commitment. Eat well/sleep well and exercise regularly. See doc regularly too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will running cross country help my raynaud's syndrome?

Will running cross country help my raynaud's syndrome?

Probably not: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cross country running can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, and can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with the newest gadgets (such as heated gloves and socks), and he only runs on warmer days, he might be ok. If he is running in the winter, anything can happen. Vasospasm can occur during or after running. ...Read more

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To lose weight and gain muscle, is it good to do burst training and cross country running together?

Burst training : Yes, both of those forms of exercise can help build muscle and burn fat. Just be careful not to over do it. I have seen people develop rhabdomyolysis from doing extreme cross fit exercising. ...Read more

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If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

If you got new shoes and just started cross-country, how can you tell if the shoes or the running is causing a knee pain problem?

See a doctor: You need to see a podiatrist or sports medicine orthopedist so they can examine not only your knee but your ankles, feet. Don't forget to take your shoes with you so they can be checked also. ...Read more

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Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran everyday for high school cross country. Is this symptom of running?

Almost every time I bend my knees, there is a painful crack. It started when I ran everyday for high school cross country. Is this symptom of running?

Not a common problem: I would say if it happens when U run, ,U have found the aggravating factor. Now U need 2 Can oorthopedic surgeon an try 2 get a diagnosis & a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I was running and strained a muscle in my leg. Would it be okay to take pain killers an hour before i train for cross country?

I was running and strained a muscle in my leg. Would it be okay to take pain killers an hour before i train for cross country?

Could get more hurt: Unfortunately if you strained a muscle the best route to longterm running health is to give yourself adequate time to recover. Taking pain killers in order to train is likely to lead to more injury from overuse. Good luck with recovery, and remember that the first rule of training is to remain uninjured so that you can continue to train! ...Read more

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I just ended a season of cross country (3 months) and I'm relatively new to running. I recently noticed that my shin bones are hurting and I can't hop?

I just ended a season of cross country (3 months) and I'm relatively new to running. I recently noticed that my shin bones are hurting and I can't hop?

Stress reaction: There is a spectrum of stress reactions that can occur in the tibia in response to prolonged running all the way up to and including a stress fracture. I would rest it as much as possible and if does not get better quickly I would probably be seen. ...Read more

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Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Compartment syndrome vs. Stress fracture. Can both happen in training for cross-country running?

Yes they could: That possibility could happened because strenuous early training could cause stress fracture and compartmental syndrome. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can i use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. because jogging and running are restricted ? is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Can i use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. because jogging and running are restricted ? is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons?

Yes: Overall the elliptical machine is cardio machine that is low impact on the joints and back if done correctly. Swimming and water aerobics are other forms of low impact exercise that should be ok with herniated discs. ...Read more

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Can i use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. because u said not to do jogging and running ? is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

 Can i use Elliptical cross trainer for my workout. because u said not to do jogging and running ? is this machine is safe for disk herniated persons

Elliptical use is OK: Using an elliptical machine is not likely to place more pressure on lumbar discs than standing. Disc pressure is thought to be highest when sitting and leaning forward. Adding reason to minimize sitting for prolonged periods and using good posture. In the absence of weakness, or numbness in the lower extremities, be as active as possible and strengthen your abdominal musculature. ...Read more

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I hurt my hip 3 weeks ago while running. Can't lift the leg or cross my legs. Do I have a hip labral tear?

I hurt my hip 3 weeks ago while running. Can't lift the leg or cross my legs. Do I have a hip labral tear?

Many possibilities: The fact that you can't lift your leg suggest hip flexor strain/tear (a high degree strain). Without a fall it would be unlikely to have a sudden label tear, though they can develop over time. Best to get a diagnosis from a sports med doc right away. All of those diagnoses benefit from physical therapy +\- a brief course of anti- inflammatories. ...Read more

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I take adderal, abilify, (aripiprazole) and fluoxetine but since I am running out of meds and living n a foreign country I have had to start rationing. Is it bad?

I take adderal, abilify, (aripiprazole) and fluoxetine but since I am running out of meds and living n a foreign country I have had to start rationing. Is it bad?

Not a good idea: Will suggest you see a psychiatrist in your new country of residence to see if these medications or other equivalents are available. You are doing so well now probably because of your current treatment and altering that may not be a good idea. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just traveled out of the country and have been running a fever since feb 29, n am sweating really really badly others i travled with are sick as well and my family became ill after i came home as well i was bit by three masqutoes i belive in aruba, im s

I just traveled out of the country and have been running a fever since feb 29, n am sweating really really badly others i travled with are sick as well and my family became ill after i came home as well i was bit by three masqutoes i belive in aruba, im s

A : A fever and sweating (diaphoresis) in a patient with addison's disease is extremely concerning, especially since you have had international travel. You must be seen immediately and have your symptoms evaluated. You could have a serious infection and you may need additional treatment for your addison's. ...Read more

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After moving to another country seems like I have a cold every day, running nose all day and if i drink water somehow it becomes worse.What can it be?

After moving to another country seems like I have a cold every day, running nose all day and if i drink water somehow it becomes worse.What can it be?

New viruses: You have been exposed and become immune to the cold viruses in the area from which you came. You now are in a new place with a new variety of cold viruses and are getting them one by one. Until you have been in most new places for a while, you will get a sequence of colds from the new exposures. ...Read more

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Do I have stress fractures again? Ran x-country and track at the d-i level in college and got tibial stress fractures in both legs at the same time (spring 2005). Don't know if i ever totally recovered while in college, trying to stay in shape/running for

Do I have stress fractures again? Ran x-country and track at the d-i level in college and got tibial stress fractures in both legs at the same time (spring 2005). Don't know if i ever totally recovered while in college, trying to stay in shape/running for

If : If you have recurrent or persistent pain at the site of a previous stress fracture, you definitely have to worry that you either have a stress fracture that never completely healed or a recurrent stress fracture. It sounds like you are well aware of risk factors for stress fractures (ie, diet, weight loss, shoes, biomechanical factors). However, in order to know what sort of treatment or intervention is warranted now, you need to know exactly what's going on in the bone. My recommendation would be to see a specialist. If you have physical findings that suggest a stress fracture (like point bony tenderness), i would look at getting a thin section ct scan. This can differentiate an acute stress fracture from a non-union or fibrous union of a chronic stress fracture. The findings will tell you if this is likely to heal with rest or, if something more involved may need to be done such as a bone stimulator or even surgical treatment (like bone grafting or inserting a steel rod in the tibia). The findings will tell you if there are other host factors that may be operative (like nutritional or hormonal factors) or if there is some biomechanical, training, and/or equipment issue that needs further investigation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does running help or hurt your health at 55?

Does running help or hurt your health at 55?

Yes but...: Should always consult a Dr. first to assure that you are not harming yourself in some ways. Start slow and mostly walk at first. Stretching, either active or passive, are a good idea at any age, but especially when you are older. ...Read more

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How do i improve my critical thinking skills?

How do i improve my critical thinking skills?

Relax: would be a good idea for you to watch the entire series "Brain Games" from Nat Geo: additionally- do you think this is a medical issue? Try relaxation and meditation. Speak to a clinical psychologist and neurologist. ...Read more