Dr. Ben Pearl of Arlington, Virginia spent the week in Upstate NY as the medical advisor and injury educator at the New Paltz Running Camp in New Paltz, NY. In his second year of participation, Dr. Pearl is educating the teens at the camp on what a podiatrist does and providing care and information on injuries and injury prevention.
Pearl collaborated with directors Michael Trunkes and Tom Nohilly to develop material that fit in with the camp’s larger curriculum. Points touched on were: detection and prevention of injury; the psychology of injury; the impact of training interruption and re-entry into training post-injury. He was also able to interact with the athletes by discussing the importance of proper nutrition and by participating with them on mountain trail runs on the picturesque Shawangunk Mountain Ridge.
“I was moved by the individual care we were able to give to the student-athletes,” stated Ben. “I witnessed a coach passively monitoring a student’s meal portion size. He casually approached her and asked her to join him for an ice cream as she turned in her partially eaten meal. It’s that type of attentiveness, and the feeling that I am making at least a small and lasting impact, that keeps me coming back each year.”