I love Outside Magazine, so I was wildly enthusiastic to grant their interview request recently on my extraordinary exploits as a…skydiver? Free climber? Solo survival hiker? If you guessed none of the above, you’re correct. They just wanted help in answering the question of whether flying to and from a marathon, combined with running the marathon, increases a runner’s risk of getting a blood clot. Now, I’ve blogged about this research– the effect of long distance air travel and endurance exercise on blood coagulation– previously, but the Outside Magazine journalists asked a lot of specific questions about the efficacy of compression socks in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after exercise and travel.
For a long time I’ve been hedging my bets on answering questions about the utility of compression socks for influencing DVT risk, because there just aren’t rigorous data investigating this topic. However, thanks to the diligence of my colleague at Hartford Hospital, Amanda Zaleski, the generous financial support of the Hartford Hospital Research Administration, and the help of the Hartford Marathon Foundation, we are going to be able to answer that question at the 2013 Hartford Marathon. We’ve got a study specifically designed to look at the influence of compression socks on markers of clot formation and breakdown in marathon runners before and after 26.2 miles of intense exercise. So…if you, or anyone you know, is running the Hartford Marathon this year, please spread the word and perhaps we can get your legs in Outside Magazine (or at least your data in a published journal).