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Commentary | Aug. 10, 2021

Preventing injuries and promoting wellness

By Rear Adm. Dana Thomas, Coast Guard Chief Medical Officer

SUBHEAD: Join us for Wellness Wednesday

Whether sprinting down corridors or training for an ultramarathon, the simplicity of running for both exercise and stress relief is undeniable. Although humans are born to run, we are also prone to running injuries. Whether you are a seasoned or sidelined athlete, interested in injury prevention, recovery, or adopting a new stress relieving pastime, this week’s Wellness Wednesday will prove informative…perhaps life altering. Our special guest, Roberto Ruiz, an exercise physiologist with “Fit To Win” and Wellness program director at the Pentagon’s DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic, will be discussing running injuries, risk factors, intervention and strategies. He will also provide a general running training program.  

Ruiz has a Master’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance and is nationally-certified through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Road Runners Club of America. He previously worked at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Ruiz has over 20 years of experience as an exercise professional, including 18 years of wellness experience alongside senior leaders of the military. Currently, he performs running gait analysis on active duty members of the military at the Pentagon. Ruiz has served as a fitness/running consultant to the White House Medical Team and has spoken at numerous national and regional conferences on the topics of running biomechanics, core strength, running shoe recommendations, and strength training.  

Please join us Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 3 p.m., Eastern.

If you are considering taking up running, are a running enthusiast like me, or just want to increase your general knowledge about the body, please join me this Wednesday for “Preventing Running Injuries and Improving Performance.”

**Wellness Wednesday is being hosted on Coast Guard Teams. You will only be able to access this forum from a Coast Guard workstation or if you call in via the number below.**

Please email if you have questions or suggestions, you may e-mail us
If you would like to see previous Wellness Wednesday recordings, they are available on the CG-11 Coast Guard portal webpage.
Please use this link to attend Wellness Wednesday from your CG computer. You cannot access the sessions from a personal device. You may also call in via the phone bridge: +1 410-874-6742, Conference ID: 600 234 437#