An Overview of Patellofemoral Syndrome

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Patellofemoral Syndrome
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Hans Overturf has been an independent investor in Tiburon, California, since 2009. Beyond his investment activities, Hans Overturf enjoys staying in shape through running and marathon training.

An estimated 80 percent of running injuries occur below the knee. In fact, the most common affliction faced by runners today, patellofemoral syndrome, is often referred to as runner’s knee. About one in three runners get patellofemoral syndrome. Symptoms include pain in and around the kneecap and the knee buckling. Pain can be especially hard to deal with when a person takes a seated or squatting position, or simply forces the knee to bend, but the condition does not lead to any structural damage of the femur.

Medical professionals refer to the syndrome as an overuse condition. With overuse and poor conditioning representing the two primary causes of runner’s knee, most recovery plans begin and end with rest. As a runner regains strength and mobility, he or she should work on improving his or her stretching and conditioning routines in order to minimize the likelihood of further injury.

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Important Stretches for Runners

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Runners Stretches
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Based out of Tiburon, California, Hans Overturf has worked as a private investor with OFS since 2009. When he is not managing investment accounts, Hans Overturf likes to stay physically active through running and yoga.

One of the most important stretches individuals can engage in prior to a run is the walking lunge. Walking lunges begin by taking an exaggerated step forward with the right leg. The Runner should then bend the knee until the right thigh is completely parallel to the ground while the knee makes a straight line with the ankle. As the runner rises up out of this position, the left leg should draw even with the right before stepping forward and forming a left leg lunge. Runners should perform 10 lunges with each leg before a run, for a total of 20 walking lunges.

There are also a number of stretches runners should use to properly cool down after a workout, such as the standing quad. This stretch begins in a normal standing position. From there, the runner bends one leg backwards so that the heel touches the lower back, or comes as close as possible. Individuals must make sure to only use their hands for support and balance, rather than pulling up on the leg, so as not to overstretch.

The Most Popular Marathons in the US

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New York City Marathon
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For more than six years, Hans Overturf has served as a private investor and account manager at OFS in Tiburon, California. Away from work, Hans Overturf is an avid runner with a goal of completing a marathon in less than two hours and 40 minutes.

A complete marathon measures just under 42.2 kilometers, or about 26.2 miles, a distance that challenges runners to push themselves to their physical limits. The United States hosts a number of the most popular marathons in the world, including the ING New York City Marathon. Established nearly five decades ago, the NYC marathon currently boasts more than 43,600 finishers and is one of the most difficult marathons to qualify for.

In terms of finishers, New York City’s annual marathon is rivaled only by the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. A member of the World Marathon Majors series, Chicago’s annual event routinely draws some of the world’s most talented competitors and finishes more than 33,700 athletes. Other popular marathons in the United States include the Boston Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, and the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando.

The Sleep Benefits of Yoga

Hans Overturf, of Tiburon, California, currently serves as a private investor with OFS. When he is not working, Hans Overturf enjoys exercising by running marathons and practicing yoga.

Individuals may pursue yoga for a variety of reasons, including back pain and excess stress. Yoga can also help those who suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. Research has shown insomniacs can improve their sleep patterns through yoga in as little as eight weeks, while two yoga sessions per week can help cancer patients sleep better and combat fatigue. Yoga’s effect on different parts of the nervous system, especially the brain, is one of the main reasons yoga functions as such a useful sleep aid.

A number of yoga postures enhance blood flow to the brain’s sleep center, thereby helping with sleep cycle normalization, while the deep breathing exercises associated with most poses feed added oxygen to the brain. Some yoga moves help to rejuvenate every layer of the body, down to the cellular level, while others flush toxins out of the system. Regular yoga practitioners find themselves needing less sleep, and the sleep they do get is of higher quality, thanks to increased mindfulness and relaxation.