Dr. Kris at the Sports Chiropractic Symposium Australia: Tweens, Teens and Young Adult Female Athletes

Here’s more from our awesome Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli (“Dr. Kris”) who’s traveling through Australia lecturing on Chiropractic’s important role in women’s wellness. We’re honored to have such a wonderful doctor and educator on our team!

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One word to describe this group….AMAZING! It was so wonderful to meet a group of Chiropractors on the same mission of patient centered care and leading the way in the profession. At this conference I met a variety of practitioners from around Australia as well as students from Macquarie University, Murdoch University and New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

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Angelica Gaunt of Foot Levelers Australia, Dr. Lorenzo Campagna Current Sports Chiropractor NSW Chairman, Debbie Kelly-CCA and me!

The topic for my presentation at the conference was: The Female Athlete: Tweens, Teens and Young Adults. During the presentation one of the topics of interest was assisting the female athlete in understanding how to optimize training in correlation with her menstrual cycle and the impact it can have. In addition, the correlation of the biomechanics of the pelvis and conditions which effect the female patient.

The conference concluded very nicely with a gender balanced discussion panel of many untitled2speakers from the weekend related to sports Chiropractic practice….It was an incredible honor to be included.

A huge thank you to the CCA and Sports Chiropractic of Australia for including me as speaker!

As the conference ended it was now time for a walk to see some of the rest of Sydney….off to the Opera it was!

Stay tuned….. for tomorrow is a board lecture in Sydney!

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New Athletic TIPS™: Prevention and Treatment of Shin Splints in Young Runners

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Check out this new TIP on keeping young runners injury-free from our friends at Athletic TIPS! Step 1: Fit the athlete “for custom-made flexible orthotics for support, symmetry of the arches, and shock absorption.” A body balanced at its foundation works better, stronger, and is less likely to get injured. Read more here!

 

 

Congratulations Runners, and Thanks to All!

Thank you to all the runners, volunteers, fans, sponsors and more who made the 2016 Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon an outstanding success!  See you in 2017!

America’s Toughest Road Marathon Needs YOU!

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On April 16th, hundreds of runners from all over the world will descend upon Foot Levelers’ hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as America’s toughest road marathon.

And it’s not “just” the race. Down by Downtown is a three-day celebration of music with more than 50 acts performing at iconic local venues including the stunning Elmwood Park Amphitheater and at the marathon finish line.

Not a runner, but still want to get involved? Not a problem.

Consider joining the team that makes it happen.  It takes over 500 volunteers to pull off the big event, and there are still plenty of spots left.  So pick a time and job description that suits you and come join the fun!!

If you’re coming from out of town, check out our Visitor’s Center for lots of great advice on where to sleep, eat, and other things to see and do in our gorgeous little corner of the world. We can’t wait to host you!

Chiro + Custom Orthotics to Treat, Prevent Common Injuries of the ‘Weekend Warrior’

Check out this great article from Kevin Wong, DC in Circle of Docs on the 5 injuries most common to the ‘weekend warrior’ and specific recommendations on how Chiropractic plus custom orthotics can help!

The timing couldn’t be better as Foot Levelers gears up for April 16th’s Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, known to athletes everywhere as America’s Toughest Road Marathon, covering 7,430 feet of total elevation change through the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2015 alone, the marathon ushered in $556,000 to the region and reached max capacity by hosting 2,000 runners from all over the world, not to mention their families, friends, fans, vendors, spectators and more.

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This year the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon takes place April 16th, 2016, and registration is filling up fast! If you’re a serious runner, you don’t want to miss this event.  And if you’re not quite ready for the full marathon, you can still take part in the fun by running the Half Marathon or 10K.

As always, Foot Levelers has several brave employees running the full course and dozens more will be on-site to volunteer and cheer on the contenders! We’ll be talking more about the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon in coming days… Stay tuned! In the meantime, here’s a review plus some pictures and videos from last year’s event.

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon!

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Approaching the finish line!

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High five–she’s made it across the finish!

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Go MOM!

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The finish line

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A few of the hardworking volunteers who make it possible

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Brandon Miles, who finished the half marathon first in his age group. “Was it tough?” we asked. “Yes! Especially Peakwood Drive.”

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A beautiful day for a run

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Foot Levelers near the finish line

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Cheerleaders near the finish line

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At the Foot Levelers booth, Kristina Piluso (left) talks to a runner about how maintaining a healthy, stable foundation helps athletic performance

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Kristina readies the 3D BodyView for a foot/postural assessment

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The marathon’s oldest female runner, Betsy Davis, age 73, with the captain of her fan club

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Super gals!

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Just steps away from the finish line…

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Another runner makes it under the 4 hour mark!

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“Hey Mom–I finished!”

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Friends, runners, champions