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In the final episode of our Marathon Monday mini-series, 5x Boston Marathon Division Winner Heather Pech joins the podcast to talk about her training process and how she keeps winning gold. She discusses what exactly makes her such a successful runner — from her nutrition to mentality, Heather breaks down everything that makes her a world record holder.
Megan Searfoss, owner of Ridgefield and Darien Running Company, joins Britt and Brendan to dive into the rigorous running shoe fitting process that includes a 3D scanner, detailing why the brand and type of shoe matters for the wearer. The trio also discuss the latest trends in footwear, including carbon plating, as well shoe life expectancy and how to deal with companies updating your favorite pair of running shoes.
Marathon Mondays: Mental strategies to help you the finish line Hosts Britt Gunsser, physical therapist and RRCA Running Coach, and Brendan Copley, personal trainer, are joined by mental performance consultant Arianna Martignetti as they dive into the realm of sports psychology, aiming to unravel the mental aspects of training and racing. They explore the often-quoted […]
On this episode of Marathon Mondays, hosts Britt Gunsser and Brendan Copley bring in nutritionist Ashley Jerry to discuss essential fueling strategies for long-distance runners. They cover the importance of macronutrients, hydration, and carbohydrate intake, providing practical tips to manage GI distress, optimize nutrition during taper phases, and make informed choices regarding supplements, all aimed at helping runners enhance their performance and recovery.
In the introductory episode of "Marathon Mondays," Britt and Brendan dig into what you should be looking for in a thorough training program, answer frequently asked questions, and debunk common myths. They cover developing a personalized training plan, the importance of different types of runs, how to incorporate strength training, and more.
While much is understood about the importance of physical therapy when rehabilitating from an injury and returning to sport, there is less focus on the role of mental performance. Overall, psychological readiness has been undervalued and underassessed when determining if an athlete is ready to return to sport at their previous competitive level.
Golf is a sport that demands both physical and mental prowess. While the significance of physical fitness in golf is well-established, the importance of mental performance cannot be overlooked. The ability to think strategically, maintain focus, manage emotions, and handle pressure are all crucial elements that can greatly impact a golfer's performance on the course.
Parenting is a rewarding, stressful, fulfilling, and challenging endeavor. Parental stress is normal and common, but there may come a time when a parent’s stress becomes severe or long-lasting, which can affect their ability to cope; this can manifest into parental burnout. Here's what you can do about it.
Student-athletes are subjected to a fast-paced, competitive lifestyle. Balancing academic and athletic demands are a natural source of stress for young athletes; developing mindfulness skills can moderate mental clutter and help maximize academic and athletic achievement.
Regenerative medicine procedures hold tremendous potential for tissue repair and regeneration, and it is important to understand the critical role of physical therapy in optimizing outcomes and facilitating a successful recovery.
In recent years, stem cell treatments have emerged as a promising field in regenerative medicine, offering potential solutions for various health conditions. In this article, we will explore the contrasts between different stem cell treatments, their sources, and the role of PRP.
In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of stem cell treatments and their potential for managing orthopedic conditions.
This morning, Todd Wilkowski, with Performance Optimal Health, joined us on More in the Morning, getting us more on how you can seek physical therapy without a doctor’s referral.
This informal gathering of women was an opportunity to share stories & gain valuable insights about our ever-changing bodies with experts in women's integrative health, nutrition, fitness and pelvic floor.
Get Stronger & Better: hormonal changes for women in their middle years & beyond.
The ages of 12 to 18 years old are a critical time for psychological and social development as adolescents develop their identity and sense of self; this can contribute to feeling insecure or confused.
For a teenage female, keeping a healthy mindset, being active and having a healthy eating routine is important as they grow.
As a competitive rower for Brown University, the pressure to perform can be overwhelming; 90% of the job is mental strength. It is important to find ways to cope with that stress, and for me, that involves breathwork.
How Jon Rahm, a Master’s favorite, prepares his body for play The current world’s third ranked golfer and popular Master’s favorite Jon Rahm is the pinnacle of golf fitness, and the perfect example of how to best optimize the body-swing connection. Apr 3, 2023 | Larry Piretra, PT, DPT, CSCS, TPI-M2 The current world’s third […]
After expanding from Connecticut and New York to North Naples less than six months ago, Performance Optimal Health announced the opening of its second Southwest Florida location.
Organized youth sports are becoming increasingly competitive and early sports specialization is becoming more popular among young athletes.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), also known as heart disease, is the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the Center for Disease Control.
What does scoliosis management look like? Scoliosis is a common diagnosis that we will see in the office and can be managed in various ways, both conservatively and surgically, if necessary. Here's how you can manage it. Jan 27, 2023 | Robert Mahlman, DPT Scoliosis is a common diagnosis that we will see in the […]
As we head into a new year, focusing on preventative health will be your most important tool to stay healthy.
Many nutrition resolutions set us up to fail from the start. So if you’re looking to lose weight this year, consider this.
Just because the way you train during the winter is changing temporarily doesn’t mean the quality has to suffer.
As a society, we are accustomed to regular “check-ups” at the hair salons, dentist, local auto shop. Yet for some reason, it is common practice to only seek orthopedic care when injured.
When you think about how someone should prevent or even help to treat their prediabetes or type II diabetes, you most likely would think of improving the quality of their diet as well as increasing their frequency of exercise, and you would be correct in that thinking.
Many Americans have type II diabetes or prediabetes, which impacts all aspects of their health, including sleep.
Women face many issues as they age in the perimenopausal and menopausal stages of life, such as increased risk of osteoporosis, metabolic diseases, cardiovascular issues, and more.
Unless a bone is broken, it is easy to forget about the fundamental structure supporting our entire body that we cannot see: the skeleton.
While some levels of acute inflammation aid the body’s natural processes, prolonged, chronic inflammation causes a variety of health issues, including chronic disease and deterioration of body mechanics.
The dangers of chronic inflammation and what you can do about it Sep 13, 2022 | Health & Wellness Magazine While some levels of acute inflammation aid the body’s natural processes, prolonged, chronic inflammation causes a variety of health issues, including chronic disease and deterioration of body mechanics. It is incredibly important to manage things […]
Todd Wilkowski decided to take his professional life and his favorite vacation destination and merge the two of them.
Introducing the Optimal Health Assessment What once was a burgeoning physical therapy practice is now an innovative health care company with a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. We expanded our mission from the original focus on recovery to one of finding balance in all pillars of one’s health: stress, exercise, recovery and nutrition. Apr […]
If you are heading into your sport this fall, consider your mental performance, which might hurt or help you transition into your competitive season.
Everyone seems to experience low back pain at some point in their lives, but often wait to address it. Here's why you should get help sooner rather than later.
The body and mind are connected in more ways than one, especially through the gut. The food we eat directly impacts our hormones, mood, and more. Here's what you need to know about how nutrition can impact not just your gut health, but your mental and emotional state as well.
Athlete screens are essential to mitigating the risk of injury and optimizing performance prior to a season. Here's what one coach had to say about the process.
Mediterranean diets lower risk of cardiovascular disease; here's how to incorporate it into your daily nutrition.
Your heart rate variability can tell you a lot about your health, including stress levels, sleep quality, general readiness and more. Here's how to improve it.
Learn about common knee injuries and what we can do before, during, and after to stay active and optimize your health during the winter.
Preventing and treating common knee injuries in the winter Learn about common knee injuries and what we can do before, during, and after to stay active and optimize your health during the winter. Dec 15, 2021 | Jonathon Mendola, DPT Much like the shocks in your car help soften your ride down the road, your […]
How to burn more calories during your walks Walking is a great way to burn calories, but there are ways to increase that caloric burn. Nov 1, 2021 | Performance Optimal Health (CNN)-It’s no secret that walking is good for you. Many of us are trying to get in those recommended 10,000 steps a day […]
The Oura ring's data tracking capabilities are powerful tools, and can even help you detect when an illness is coming on.
Though many Americans are working from home, there has been a seemingly counterintuitive increase in work-related injuries. The reason may lie in your commute — or lack thereof.
When Lauren C. started to suffer from a frozen shoulder, it changed everything. Since the start of the pandemic, Lauren has been working with Jon Mendola in Darien to regain not just mobility in her shoulder, but to regain as much of her previous life and hobbies as she can.
It can be difficult to do your homework. Here's how to find the motivation to follow through with your physical therapy home exercise programs and make the most of your recovery.
Listen to three runners, Heather, Angela and Lorraine, speak on their experiences with injuries and how they overcame challenges, becoming better runners than ever before.
Ever delay going to sleep? It's not uncommon to find that the only "me time" you can get is at night, but it may do more harm than you think.
Meditation does not always come easily. Listen to Ashley Moriarty, DPT, discuss how meditation apps can make your mindfulness journey easier, as well as her own experiences using the apps.
People often overlook recovery and how it compliments — and accelerates — performance in whatever activity you partake in.
We can all learn from Olympic athletes' nutrition habits. From staying consistent to avoid fad diets, their advice comes from experience
To be the best of the best, you need to perform at peak performance, & Allyson Felix is well aware. Take a look at her intense training regimen.
Depending on which phase of your menstrual cycle you're in, you should approach your training — or recovery — differently.
Age-related declines in physical fitness and health are not a sure thing — here's how you can subvert expectations and stay fit as you grow older.
Progress does not stop with age: how to train for life Age-related declines in physical fitness and health are not a sure thing — here's how you can subvert expectations and stay fit as you grow older. Jun 1, 2021Mathew Welch, ATC, CSCS May 26, 2023 | Elisa LaBelle, PT, MSPT “Oh yeah? Well, just […]
I remember sitting in my penultimate semester of physical therapy school thinking (probably out loud if you know me), “wait, wait, wait, we can do what? Where? Why would anyone want to do that?”
Concussions have not always been treated as seriously as they should have. But with reports coming to light about the NFL hiding the full extent of the dangers of concussions, the public has come to realize it’s not something that should be ignored.
With everyone online these days, many office workers are experiencing "Zoom fatigue." Here are four ways you can reduce it.
A lot of times, the idea of achieving wellness is oversimplified, and boiled down into diet hacks and buzzwords that promise fast results. You know the ones I’m thinking about: keto, plant-based, intermittent fasting, gluten-free, clean eating, all-natural, organic.
Anti-inflammatory diets can help avoid life-threatening diseases by helping your body initiate the natural healing process.
I started my career in the corporate world, but after twelve years, I left my job to be a full-time mom. It was during this time that I saw how food could shape my children’s health and development, and decided it would be the focus of my career going forward.
Doris Howes Calloway died August 31, 2001, in Seattle, WA, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Ankles, hips, knees, the brain. All places of past injury and all things that shaped me into the person I am today and helped me get to where I am today.
Our bodies are complex machines; if one thing goes wrong, it affects the rest of the system. Some issues are easily fixed — feeling tired?