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Learn More About Techniques for Running Without Pain

Washington Sports Medicine’s free Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Education Series is designed to help people in the community learn more about the prevention and treatment of injuries while exercising or participating in sports. The series should be of special interest to athletes, parents of students participating in school sports, coaches, athletic trainers and “weekend warriors.”

The series of programs is offered on the first Wednesday of every other month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium in the Washington West Building at 2500 Mowry Ave. in Fremont.

The program for Wednesday, June 1, will be “Think Running is a Pain? It Doesn’t Have to Be,” featuring Orthopedics Lead Physical Therapist Sharmi Mukherjee, PT, DPT. Her patient, Washington Hospital’s Community Outreach Project Manager Lucy Hernandez, MPA, also will be present to demonstrate proper dynamic warm-up and stretching techniques, body mechanics and some basic physical therapy/rehabilitation exercises.

“We will focus primarily on techniques for minimizing the risk of injuries for runners and helping injured runners get back to running,” says Mukherjee. “In addition, we will emphasize the importance of cross-training and strength training for runners. Running is not all about your legs – you have to use your upper body, too. As I frequently explain to my physical therapy patients, you want to get in shape to run, not run to get in shape. There also will be time for a question-and-answer session at the end of the program.”

Subsequent programs later in 2016 will include:

  • “Big Changes in Concussion Care: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”
  • “Nutrition and Athletic Performance”
  • “Why Does My Shoulder Hurt: Shoulder Pain in the Youth Athlete to the Weekend Warrior and Beyond”

For more information about the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Education Series or to register for an upcoming program, call 800.963.7070 or visit