Experts are ready for those who need medical attention at Broad Street Run

Lynne Adkins
May 03, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's Broad Street Run is this Sunday and the medical community is ready for anything.

Weather is the key factor when it comes to race day medical issues. Dr. Melissa Kohn, an emergency medicine physician at Einstein Medical Center and the run's medical director, says heat and cold are brutal on a runner's body and performance. 

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She says in recent years, the number of injuries has been down to only a few hundred, which were mainly blisters, ankle sprains and exhaustion.

"There's a fair number of runners that are happily and safely running the race while pregnant. They usually get their approval from their physicians first and they've been training for it, but sometimes they need a little extra help at the end, after putting ten miles on a pregnant body can do a little bit more of wear and tear than just anybody running out there, you're running for two," she said. 

Dr. Kohn and the others volunteer their time and skills for the event. She starts the day around 4:30 a.m. and heads home around 4 p.m.