March 13, 2014: In the March 2014 issue of Runner's World, one of the magazine's editors serves as a test subject at a new running clinic at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Katie McDonald Neitz, a longtime recreational runner who has dealt with her share of injuries, visited the new RunSmart clinic and was put through numerous tests to assess her overall strengths and weaknesses.
In this episode, Katie recounts her experience and her diagnosis of inactive glute muscles. Joining her is James Koo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, one of the many physical therapists Katie met at the specialized running clinic, who describes the importance of glute strength in runners, and why the location of the pain isn't always the root of the problem.
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Katie McDonald Neitz is the Articles Editor at Runner's World magazine, where she covers injury prevention, treatment techniques, and therapies. She is the author of The Runner's World Guide to Road Racing, has run 10 marathons, and lives and trains in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
James Koo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, is a supervisor and clinician at the RunSmart clinic at the New York University Langone Medical Center. James is a board-certified clinical specialist in both orthopedic (OCS) and sports (SCS) physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). An avid runner and triathlete, including Ironman competitions,) he enjoys helping runners of all levels achieve their maximum potential.