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Top national sports medicine surgeon offers marathon tips

Media contact: Jennifer Baum

-- Millions of athletes nationwide are lacing up their running shoes and pounding the pavement as they gear up for marathons.  Though endurance races are widely popular, painful injuries often occur as a result of incorrect form and movement.



Benjamin G. Domb, M.D., sports medicine surgeon and medical director of the Hip Center of Excellence at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital (120 N. Oak Street, Hinsdale, Ill.), wants to equip runners with the knowledge that can help them prevent injury, strengthen performance skills and avoid marathon injuries that, if untreated, can require surgery.


“Training for a marathon can really take a toll on your body,” says Domb, who performs about 400 hip surgeries a year and speaks about arthroscopic hip surgery across the country. “The key is to listen to your body throughout the whole process. If you fail to train properly, you not only risk falling short of your goal, by not finishing the race, but you also risk getting a serious life-altering injury.”


Common marathon training injuries include labral tears of the hip, meniscus tears in the knee, achilles tendinitis, and patellar tendinitis.  Domb says that while athletes of all ages and experience levels are susceptible, female athletes are particularly at risk for injuries because their ligaments are generally looser than men’s ligaments. 


Dr. Domb offers simple yet effective tips – to help endurance runners avoid pain during training and racing, and to guide runners safely and successfully to the completion of a marathon, be it their first or fifth!



  • Incorporate strength training in your training schedule, in addition to running.  Lift light weights, and put most of the emphasis on negative reps (the part of the rep where you are releasing or lowering the weight).
  • Appropriate shoe wear is essential.  Half the battle of avoiding injury is purchasing running shoes that are well-padded and well-fitted.  Take into consideration what foot-type you have (high arch, flat foot, or normal arch), and make sure to buy and use the shoes you will run in during the actual event approximately four to six weeks prior to the marathon.
  • Remember to stretch to increase flexibility. Try yoga and Pilates to keep your limbs loose and injury-free.
  • Mix up your workout routine.  Be sure to engage in cross-training and low-impact training such as swimming, cycling or elliptical machines, in addition to your running regimen. 






About Benjamin G. Domb, M.D


Dr. Benjamin G. Domb, an expert in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, is known nationally as a doctor on the cutting edge of hip arthroscopy – a minimally invasive procedure to repair injuries such as a torn labrum or impingement in the hip. Domb, one of the 10 highest volume hip arthroscopy surgeons in the U.S., performs 400 hip surgeries a year. A graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Domb is medical director at the Hip Center of Excellence at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Domb also is a physician at Hinsdale Orthopedic Associates and a member of the faculty at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He often serves as a guest lecturer, most recently as a visiting professor at the Mayo Clinic. His passion for sports medicine is rooted in his athletic experience. Domb played basketball for Princeton University and professionally in Spain after college. He also has served as assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Kings and Galaxy professional sports teams.


About Adventist Midwest Health


Adventist Midwest Health is a network of not-for-profit hospitals and outpatient-based health care facilities in Chicago’s western and southwestern suburbs, including a critical access hospital and skilled care nursing facility in central Wisconsin. Adventist Midwest Health takes a holistic, “whole-person” approach to wellness, providing medical and spiritual support for our patients and their families. For more about Adventist Midwest Health, visit