Your Whole Health: Ramping Up Your Running

March 15, 2019 -- When warmer weather hits, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in races long and short. Whether you’re a novice runner hoping to complete your first 5K or finally taking the plunge and training for a half or full marathon, the following tips from Logan University Instructor Brett Winchester, DC will help keep you in top training shape.

If you’re training for your first 5K: If you’re a new runner, achieving this distance is commendable but isn’t likely to cause any injuries. In fact, a majority of participants in 5K runs will not complete any official training before the race—although they won’t finish at a competitive pace, these runners are able to safely go the distance, hang out with friends and family and still have the rest of their day to do other things.

If you’re ready to increase your mileage: Many runners make the logical transition from 5Ks to a half marathon and then a full marathon. Regardless of the distance you ultimately work up to, going beyond the 5K mark requires more preparation and training. It’s smart to increase your mileage gradually. The rule of thumb is no more than a 20 percent increase each week. Go beyond that, and you’ll be at increased risk of injury such as tendonitis, runner’s knee, IT band syndrome or stress fractures. Including some cross-training—think biking, weight lifting or yoga—into your plan can also protect you from injury. 

Before signing up for 26.2 miles: Because marathon race day is a completely different animal than what you’ll experience during training sessions, it’s wise to run a few intermediate races such as a 10K or half marathon before taking on a full marathon. By doing this, you’ll get to experience all the pressures of race day on a smaller level. It’s worth noting that many runners never advance beyond a half marathon, and that’s okay!

Going the distance: In general, the more miles you log each week, the higher your chances of injury. Keep yourself injury-free by committing to a smart training plan from the get-go. A local running store can be a great resource in selecting your training program and can help you choose running shoes and other necessary equipment. Many running stores also have training groups you can join for free—a great way to stay motivated through the many weeks of training.

Smart fuel: Food is fuel, and while most lower-distance runners don’t need to change their diet to cross the finish line in good shape, those with a heavy weekly running load or who are preparing for a full marathon will need to make sure they’re meeting their energy needs. I recommend a Paleo diet with the addition of healthy carbohydrates before training sessions and race day. You’ll also want to increase your water intake—by as much as double for those preparing for a marathon. Your “normal” amount is half your body weight in ounces—so if you weigh 150 pounds, you should take in 75 ounces each day, and 150 if you’re training for a marathon.

Recovery is crucial: Many new marathoners make the mistake of overtraining. Remember, the rest and recovery days included in your plan are just as important as the training days! Once you cross the finish line, wait awhile before committing to your next full marathon. Taking time off to let your body recover is important for long-term participation in the sport. Limit yourself to two or three marathons a year. After each one, take a month off and switch to another form of exercise.  

Logan’s Master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation Recognized as One of Best in USA

March 12, 2019 – Logan University’s Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program was recognized by as one of the best online master’s in sports medicine programs in the United States for 2019. Logan’s program was ranked No. 11 and was honored specifically as Best in Leadership Training. analyzed every online Master’s in Sports Medicine program in the nation, considering each program’s academic quality, student success and affordability. It conducted more than 33 hours of research and consulted 13 industry experts, hiring managers, current students and alumni to identify the 17 best programs.

Interested in Logan's Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree program or a career in health sciences? Complete an online inquiry form, and an Admissions Coordinator will be in touch with you. 

Logan’s Innovative Research Featured at ACC-RAC 2019

March 11, 2019 -- This week, 25 Logan faculty and leaders are heading to the Association of Chiropractic College’s 26th Educational Conference and Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) in Baltimore, Maryland, to present research relating to competencies and collaboration.

This year’s conference theme is Fostering Innovation.

Researchers from all over the world submit and present their latest work through posters, group discussions and speaking platforms.  A total of 14 platform presentations and seven poster presentations were accepted from Logan, the most ever accepted from Logan’s radiology department, not to mention a strong showing from the Rehabilitation Active Care Clinic.

Presentations from Logan represent a wide range of research, innovation and thought leadership on topics addressing conditions such as spondylolysis, apophysitis, hamstring tears and ulcers. A full list of the platform and poster presentation topics, as well as the affiliated Logan faculty members, are listed below:


Platform Presentations

Sonography of asymptomatic ulnar nerve instability

Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC; Federico Villafane, DC, DACBR; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Roberta Sclocco, PhD

Spinal manipulation increases cortical salience network connectivity in cLBP

Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC; Vitaly Napadow, PhD; Kylie Isenburg; Dan-Mikael Ellingsen, PhD; Ekaterina Protsenko, PhD; Ishtiaq Mawla, PhD; Matthew Kowalski, DC; David Swensen, DC; Deanna O’Dwyer-Swensen, DC; Robert Edwards, PhD; Marco Loggia, PhD

Neural arch bone marrow edema and spondylolysis in adolescent cheerleaders: A case series

Ashley Ruff, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Courtney Wells, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Bilateral hip cam-deformity and early-onset osteoarthritis

Daniel Ault, DC; Ashley Ruff, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Aimee Jokerst, DC, FIAMA; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Dynamic vascular thoracic outlet syndrome: a case report

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Forrest Allen, DC; Mero Nunez, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Anatomic variation of the sciatic nerve utilizing sonography

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Chiropractic co-management of two patients with low back pain and bullets in or near the spine

Ross Mattox, DC, RMSK

Spinal epidural hematoma in a patient on chronic anticoagulation therapy performing self-neck manipulation: a case presentation

Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Point of care ultrasound in a chiropractic clinic: a case series demonstrating value added

Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Demographics of patients referred for chiropractic care within one Federally Qualified Health Center

Ahmad Abdella, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Healthcare student knowledge of psychosocial factors associated with low back pain: A narrative review

Kelsey Lewis, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Eccentric loading used in reducing chronic fascial tear of hamstring in a high school sprinter

Cami Stastny, DC; Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

Recovery expectations for apophysitis in year-round single sport athletes: a case series on osgood-schlatter disease management

Cami Stastny, DC; Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

A case study in the use of therapeutic laser in wound healing of a pressure ulcer

Dana Underkofler-Mercer, DC, MS; Emma Minx, DC; Christopher Belics, DC, MS; Benjamin Heasty, DC; Tyler White, DC; Bobby Prichett, DC, CCSP


Poster Presentations

Sonography of gluteal muscles and sciatic nerve in a 37-year old with chronic spinal cord injury

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Sonoelastography of the trunk and lower extremity muscles in Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy

Stacey Cornelson, DC; Ashley Ruff, DC; Muriel Perillat, DC, MS; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Lisfranc ligament injury in a 23-year-old female with multimodality imaging 

Carrie Santore, DC; Stacey Cornelson, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR; Norman Kettner, DC, DACBR, FICC

Improved cranial nerve sensation in a patient with occipital neuralgia with scar mobilization

Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS

A case of flexor carpi radialis tenosynovitis mimicking carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed by diagnostic ultrasound

Ahmad Abdella, DC; Patrick Battaglia, DC, DACBR

Effects of high-intensity interval training and strength training on endurance and coordination in a patient with a brain stem injury

Melissa Engelson, DC, MS, CCSP, DACBSP

Contraindications in certain types of Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT) for the connective tissue disorder patient: a case report on chiropractic management and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome

Erika Evans, DC

Best of luck to all as you take on ACC-RAC 2019! For more information on the conference and schedule, click here.

Dr. Petrocco-Napuli Featured in The American Chiropractor

March 4, 2019 -- Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, DC, MS, FICC, FACC, professor in Logan's College of Chiropractic, was featured in the March 2019 issue of The American Chiropractor for her dedication to helping women achieve the health they deserve. 

See the full feature on page 34 of the magazine

Logan University Installs Bust of Dr. Purser

February 27, 2019 -- Logan University installed a bust of William Purser, DC (1953) in appreciation of his dedication and support of the University and the chiropractic profession. Over the years, Dr. Purser has been a tremendous supporter of Logan, making financial commitments toward campaigns, student scholarships and capital improvement projects, such as the William D. Purser, DC Center. He has also referred more than a dozen students to the University.

The bronze bust is housed in the Purser Center on campus.

Recently, Logan President Dr. Clay McDonald had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Purser at his home in Florida to present a plaque to him and his son, Bill. 


Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

February 26, 2019 -- “Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is one of the most common, most under-diagnosed and under-treated sources of low back pain,” said Armond Levy, MD.

Dr. Levy, neurosurgeon and founder of St. Louis Neurosurgery, LLC, was one of three doctors who presented about SI joint dysfunction at Logan’s Alumni House on Wednesday, February 20.

These three doctors all practice in different areas of medicine but possess one common goal: to have the knowledge to educate their patients on the best course of treatment for their low back pain.

With coordination through SI Bone and Logan University, Dr. Levy, Matthew Ruyle, MD and Logan faculty member Anthony Miller, DC spoke to attendees about the ways they can treat patients with SI joint dysfunction.

Dr. Miller presented first on the way chiropractic care can stabilize an SI joint that is causing pain, while Dr. Levy spoke about how minimally-invasive spinal surgery can correct similar issues. Dr. Ruyle concluded with his expertise in pain management.

Low back pain is an issue that every doctor comes across regularly, and it can be difficult to find the source of it. Additionally, there is usually more than one issue causing the pain. Through research, they can begin determining different plans of treatment for their patients.

“We strive to take a truly interdisciplinary approach when presenting our patients with treatment options,” Dr. Miller said. “By working closely with Dr. Levy and Dr. Ruyle, I am certain that my patients will always receive the treatment option that is best for them, individually. No two cases of low back pain are identical, and no two treatment plans are identical either.” 

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