Ready Steady Rehab

What causes injuries?

Injured female soccer player

Dr. Heather North examines what causes injuries and the various aspects to consider from warm up to hormones and sleep to diet in order to safeguard against them

Ready Steady Rehab is hosted by Heather North of Red Hammer Rehab

Podcast length: 8′ 36”

Dr. Heather North offers some great advice as usual about how we can safeguard against injuries. What causes them and the many aspects of our lives that can contribute to an injury. It’s important to always take time to warm up those muscles and to cool down. And as we get older tissue and bone changes and we are not as supple so we need longer to warm up. Hear what Heather has to say about what we can do to help ourselves and be mindful of what can cause an injury. More notes below.

Note: this is the final episode in the series. Dr North will be back in the New Year.


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Episode notes contd…

What causes injuries?  


Mileage, movement, insoles, shoes, intensity, surface.

Beach running, trails, flip flops.

Connective tissue and bone changes in regards to stress – need to take it slow

Lack of Warming up.  More needed as we get older – rubber band analogy.

Overtraining – signs and symptoms

Fatigue, mineral depletion, hormones, not enough sleep.  Affects recovery of tissue.

High resting HR, low HR response to exercise.  Sleep issues, weight changes, mood changes, illness, injury.

Dr. Heather North

Heather North holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado.  She is the owner of Red Hammer Rehab in Louisville, CO that specializes in sports-related orthopaedic injuries and prevention.  This practice has won “Best Sports Medicine Rehab Facility” and “Best Sports Medicine Doctor” year upon year since it’s opening. Heather’s focus is on sports medicine and orthopedic manual and manipulation physical therapy.  She is known for being aggressive with injuries and focusing on discovering and fixing the mechanics behind each and every injury.  She believes that it is important to continue to learn the newest and most up to date techniques. Heather’s philosophy revolves around getting patients recovered quickly and teaching them to sustain a healthy state.  Injuries can only be eliminated by addressing bio-mechanical causes and then aggressively treating the damage created from these issues.  When not in the clinic, Heather enjoys road/trail running, mountain biking, coaching for Revolution Running (she is the group’s in-house physio), and spending time in the mountains with her husband Ewen.  She regularly competes in races all over including the Pikes Peak Marathon. Heather was a college level swimmer and has even tested the waters with triathlon in her post-collegiate years as well.



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