The Importance of Rest

Contributed by Guest Blogger, Coach Mikael Hanson


"I wanted to begin with a discussion on the importance of rest - an area that I see over-looked all too much and which is increasingly important especially as we get older.


In my twenties recovery came easy and rest days, well those were few and far between and in my opinion for the weak minded. I used to become overcome with guilt for skipping a training day. Even when I was sick, I lived by the mantra that somewhere, someone is training and when you meet them in competition, they will beat you. They say, with age comes wisdom. I no longer feel guilty for missing an occasional workout, and realize that some of my best performances have come after a period of forced rest. It may have taken two decades of lessons, but I now look forward to my recovery days and it is not uncommon for me to string together back-to-back rest days. The forty-something me is also much more in tune with my body.  I take my resting heart rate and check my body weight every morning, looking for those early warning signs of not being properly recovered (perhaps bordering on obsessive-compulsive behavior)."


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How Much Do You Know About Shin Splints? 

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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome


"Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS), also known as shin splints, is when there is pain along the inner part of your leg during and possibly after activity. This is a very common injury and is caused by the overuse of muscles in your leg. I see a lot of patients with this pathology during the start of a new sport season and/or a drastic increase in their amount of running. 

Most commonly, people who are at risk for getting shin splints are young individuals with higher body mass index (BMI) and low bone density. Low bone density is most commonly found in women with a history of osteoporosis but can also be found in young female athletes. Activities that require a lot of running and activities on hard surfaces also increase the risk of developing MTSS."

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Introducing Evelyn Gama, LCSW


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Evelyn Gama is thrilled to collaborate with the Zion PT team. As a licensed therapist (LCSW), she can assist Zion PT clients with general mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, or navigating stressful life changes. Evelyn also specializes in prenatal and postpartum mental health and can help parents-to-be and new parents process pregnancy and birth concerns, create postpartum self-care plans or simply regain a sense of balance. Evelyn is available for consultations by phone or in the Zion PT UWS office: 914-570-4262 or


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Zion Physical Therapy