Ask the Sports Doc

About the Author

Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He served as Medical Director for the Twin Cities Marathon and has authored many research and educational publications on sports medicine.

Ask the Sports Doc: Is It Possible to Run After Having a Collapsed Lung?
A reader suffering from pneumothorax wonders whether running will ever be an option again.
Help! My Cardiologist Cleared Me to Run, But I’m Still Having Chest Pains
How can I get started running again without having a panic attack?
I’m Dying of Thirst All Day After a Long Run. What’s Happening?
A runner with a high sweat rate wants to know how to safely stay hydrated.
Can You Run So Much You Get Rhabdo and Your Muscles Break Down?
A runner reading about a dangerous side-effect of high-intensity training wonders what her risks are.
I Might Have a Hernia. Can I Still Run a Marathon?
A runner with an undiagnosed issue weighs his options.
I’m Getting Cramps and Whole Body Tingling When I Run. What’s Happening?
A reader struggles with an unexplained issue after a series of long runs.
Why Do My Allergies Get Worse When Running?
A reader wonders how to avoid postrun sinus headaches and sore throats.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent My Blisters?
A reader who struggles with seasonal blisters wonders what to do.
Help! I’ve Started Experiencing Extreme Runner’s Trots
A reader wonders where his intestinal fortitude went.
I’m Seeing a Doctor for the First Time In Years. What Tests Do I Need?
A runner turning 40 wonders what to request at an initial checkup.
What’s the Best Solution for Runner’s Knee?
A reader wonders whether a joint supplement can help strengthen a problematic knee.