This interview is with two individuals: Dr. Harry Pino is Senior Exercise Physiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center Musculoskeletal Care and Sports Performance Center and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Gauri Dhamnaskar is Senior Physical Therapist at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Dr. Pino is a board certified exercise physiologist and a certified U.S. Track and Field Level 1 Coach. He has over 25 years of experience in performance testing and designing training programs for cyclists, runners, and triathletes. He has worked with Olympic athletes from Puerto Rico, the USA, and England and is well known for leadership in the field of Sports Science and for performance testing of teams, including the New York Jets, the NY Knickerbockers, the NY Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has lectured and published peer-reviewed articles, is on several national boards, and is past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists. He was inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame in Puerto Rico in December 2016.
Gauri Dhamnaskar has been a practicing Physical Therapist for eight years. She works with other colleagues at the 'Running Lab at NYULMC' where they analyze the biomechanics, strength and flexibility of runner clients and prepare comprehensive reports. She has worked with cricket and badminton players in India and since then in the United States where she specializes in athletes in sports, such as running, swimming, basketball. and soccer. Her master’s degree in musculoskeletal physical therapy is from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She has made presentations on common injuries in running and how to prevent them.
In this interview, the pair discuss the benefits and risks of strenuous exercise, the use of biomarkers to identify stresses and strains, and how to prevent and treat various kinds of injuries associated with lengthy periods of strenuous exercise, such as running in marathons. They also discuss current research activities.