As a recreational runner, oftentimes it’s tough to tell if that twinge in your hip is something to worry about, or totally normal. There are so many stretching techniques, training fads, and conflicting bits of advice out there, that knowing best practices in running can be tough sometimes. That’s why we’re really excited at Stride to announce that we have an expert on hand to answer all your training questions. Brian Kura is a physical therapist with Athletico, and he’s our go-to for all things running. If you have a question about your training, a funky foot ache, or what the heck you’re supposed to do with a foam roller—Brian has the answer.
Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, Brian was a three-sport athlete for Maine South High school, lettering in football, swimming, and track. He played varsity football for Cornell College for two years before transferring to Monmouth College, where he was a three-year letter winner on the men’s swimming team, graduating with a degree in exercise science. He then attended the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, earning a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2010.
Brian has been with Athletico for the past four years, is an active member of their Endurance program, and is trained in Video Gait Analysis as well as the Graston technique for manual therapy intervention. With patient care, he specializes in endurance athletes, foot and ankle injuries, post-surgical knee intervention, and high-level throwing athletes. He also volunteers as a swim coach at his alma mater, Maine South.
So if you have a question about running, training, injuries, best practices, and more—ask away! We’ll do a weekly “Ask the Expert” post, so leave a comment or tweet to @StrideNBC, and we’ll check with Brian and give you his answer.