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Marathon runners can receive advice at UPMC Sports Medicine seminars


Last updated 1/14/2013 at 4:39pm

After something of a one-year hiatus, and some 105 days before the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine will resume its tradition of pre-race prep courses by holding the first of three marathon seminars on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The first seminar, at the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) Auditorium near the main, Terrace Street entrance at UPMC Montefiore, will pertain to injury prevention for runners. Performance specialist Ron DeAngelo, ATC, will discuss the dynamic warm-up; Vonda Wright, M.D., will talk about cross training for improved performance and injury prevention; and Aaron Mares, M.D., will relate the most common injuries, preventions and treatments.

The Feb. 9 session is scheduled to include Leslie Bonci, M.P.H., R.D., on nutrition and hydration; Aimee Kimball, Ph.D., on mental training to perform at optimum; and Tara Ridge, ATC, on training modifications when injured.

The 10 a.m. seminars are both at Montefiore and free of charge. A third is scheduled for May 4, the day before the marathon, with race director Patrice Matamoros; Ron Roth, M.D., race medical director; and more.

One seminar last year was canceled due to inclement weather, though this year officials put in place a system called Rained Out that will send text messages and emails in the event of a cancellation. To receive such notifications, people interested in attending the seminars are asked to register at 

The seminar presenters will serve as the Sports Medicine specialists lending their expertise throughout the winter and spring. Marathon entrants and enthusiasts are asked to post questions for the experts via Twitter at @UPMCSportsMed. Watch for their tips and more via UPMC social-media resources.

The marathon is scheduled for May 5.


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