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Should Adolescents Run Marathons?

Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast episode 53 artwork

Josh Goldman, MD from UCLA is our guest for this Mountain Land Running Medicine Podcast. Dr. Goldman is a Health Science Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery. He cares for both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine patients of all ages, while supervising medical students, residents, and Sports Medicine fellows. Dr. Goldman is the team physician for the UCLA football, men’s soccer, and women’s water polo teams. He currently serves as the program director for the UCLA Sports Medicine Fellowship, the Associate Director for the Center for Sports Medicine at the Orthopedic Institute for Children, and the Associate Director for Sports Medicine within the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. He has previously served as team physician at the United States Olympic Training Center, the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tour, and USA Hockey. Dr. Goldman’s research interests include concussion in sport, pediatric overuse injuries, and running-related injuries.

Goldman JT, Miller E, Runestad S, Serpa R, Beck J. Should Adolescents Run Marathons?: Youth Marathon Training Injury Epidemiology and Risk Factors. Clin J Sport Med. 2020 Sep 15. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000870. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32941370.


  • tianna marshall

    December 22, 2020, 8:25 pm

    I’m actually an alumni with SRLA. I spent 14 seasons with them, started In 8th grade and quit after helping coaching a team a few years ago. (Started when I was 13 I’m not 29) I know my progress / others like me can’t really fully studied like following students now but I feel That I may Have a different perspective than others who have go through the program when it was closer to its beginning years. I never had an injury training as a kid and played other sports as well. If my experience could be helpful / shared I’m more than willing to contribute. I still run marathons / ultras till this day.

  • Bryan Heiderscheit

    December 23, 2020, 10:39 am

    Tianna – thank you for your thoughts on the podcast and the SRLA. Really great to hear of your ongoing involvement with distance running!

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