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Dr. Lara Johnson on Psoas Health, Injury Prevention, Muscles vs. Nerves, & More

The Strength Running Podcast

Release Date: 11/16/2023

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This week the focus is on the psoas with Dr. Lara Johnson. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, yoga teacher, personal trainer, former athlete for BAA Elite, and the owner of Yellow Brick Physical Therapy in Boulder, CO. Lara also co-leads annual running and meditation retreats with Runners Reconnect in the Colorado mountains.

Lara’s unique experiences as an athlete and physiologist have all contributed to her holistic view of healing the human body. In her physical therapy practice, she uses a comprehensive approach to help runners get strong and athletic and build injury resiliency. The psoas is one of her favorite areas of focus due the impact it can have on so many parts of the body.

Some of the topics we dive into today include:

  • All about the psoas muscle: where is it and what does it do?
  • How problems with the psoas can impact other areas of the body
  • What type of problems runners typically have with the psoas
  • Why paying attention to the basics may be your best injury prevention strategy
  • How to determine if your psoas is strong and pliable or if there is an imbalance

Lara is a passionate advocate for helping athletes stay healthy and strong. Our conversation will help you better understand this important muscle!

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