Dr. Hal Rosenberg on Desert Magic, Standing Desks, & Running Healthy (Ep.122)

Over half of all runners will deal with an injury each year, but run enough miles and you’ll know that number is a lot closer to 100%. The irony is, unlike sports such as mountain biking or skiing – where what’s likely to get you in trouble is an unexpected fall or crash – most running injuries are easily preventable. So as folks ramp up their summer training, we figured it’d be a good time to bring Dr. Hal Rosenberg on to talk us through some simple tips for staying healthy out on the trails (and off the couch). Along the way, we get into Hal’s own experience racing ultras; how 100-milers make him better at treating athletes; the power of desert running; and a whole lot more — including, a very hot take on standing desks.


  • Hal’s background in sports medicine (2:17)
  • His current practice (4:44)
  • What exactly is a sports chiropractor? (5:16)
  • Getting into ultras (9:35)
  • The Javelina 100 (11:40)
  • Desert magic (13:29)
  • Running & treating athletes (14:42)
  • Favorite part of his job (17:23)
  • Thoughts on injury rates (20:31)
  • Pain & stoplights (24:27)
  • Common running injuries: trail vs. road (25:47)
  • How to beat the odds (31:51)
  • Graston, KT taping, & ART (37:15)
  • “What shoe should I run in?”(45:57)



3 comments on “Dr. Hal Rosenberg on Desert Magic, Standing Desks, & Running Healthy (Ep.122)”

  1. I think injury prevention is so important. I feel like most people start sports in high school where the self preservation is near zero. This is a serious mindset change we must make when we start exercising more carefully and avoiding injury as much as possible.

  2. Terrific discussion about running and sports injuries and treatments. Having been a past patient of Dr. Hal’s, I can tell you he’s the real deal and has fixed so many physical issues and gotten me back out on the road and trails, always with compassion and a few goofy jokes.

  3. This was very good. It’s very difficult to get good help with minor sports related injuries. Maybe Blister should start with a medical consulting service as well.

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