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Legacy in the News: Legacy’s Couch to Starlight Program sends injured runner to race start line

KGW Newschannel 8, KPTV Fox 12, Portland Business Journal, KXL-AM 750

May 23, 2014

April Isa was an active college student at Washington State University who enjoyed swimming, snowboarding and playing tennis when her hips began to hurt.  Slowly, they became more and more painful, with her hip joint catching and nerves starting to pinch.  She went to the doctor and at 22-years-old was diagnosed with Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) or hip impingement syndrome, a condition affecting mostly young adults that occurs when bones of the femur and hip joint are abnormally shaped and can cause tearing of the hip’s tissue.

After three hip surgeries at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center and physical therapy at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, April was cleared to do impact activities.  

Around that time, April heard about Legacy Health’s Couch-to-Starlight 5k training program, which is in its second year, and thought it would be the perfect way to get back into her active lifestyle after being crutch and bed-bound for so long.

Today, she is about halfway through the program and is well on her way to being ready for the big race, which takes place on May 31, 2014.  She feels healthier than she has in years as she builds her endurance and leg muscles back up after being inactive for so long.  

About Legacy Health’s Couch-to-Starlight 5k Training Program
Legacy Health’s Couch-to-Starlight 5k training program trains participants of ability levels to cross the finish line of the Legacy Health Starlight run on May 31, 2014.

Couch-to-Starlight is an 8-week training program led by a team of Legacy Health’s physical therapists that gives participants the necessary tips, tools and motivation they need to run the best and safest race possible.  Training groups meet in Portland, Tualatin and Vancouver, Wash., for weekly group workouts and informational sessions where participants learn about the following topics: About the Legacy Health Starlight Run
The 36th annual Legacy Health Starlight Run is on May 31, 2014. An estimated 7,500 runners participate in a 5k (3.1-mile) run that travels the Portland Rose Festival’s Starlight Parade route.   This year’s run benefits Legacy Rehabilitation Services, which provides a wide range of therapies to child and adult patients. Legacy’s Rehabilitation staff offers expertise in sports medicine/injury prevention, orthopedics, neurological, cancer, speech and burn rehabilitation. This continuum of services is offered in both outpatient clinics and hospital settings. 

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