How many runners who think they don’t heel strike actually do?

In the context of a previous post on foot strike pattern in a marathon… 94% were heel strikers and there was a statistically significant difference between the foot strike classification and race rank, with the forefoot strikers ranking ahead of the split strikers (asymmetry between left and right) who ranked ahead of the midfoot strikers […]

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Foot Orthotics and Patellofemoral Pain

The focus in recent times on patellofemoral pain or anterior knee pain in runners has all been on the proximal issues despite two randomized controlled trials showing that distal issues (ie foot orthotics) work (see Collins et al & Eng et al). A number of proximal risk factors have been potentially identified and the concept of load reduction […]

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Strengthening vs Stretching for Plantar Fasciitis

I previously wrote about the approach that I advocate and use for plantar fasciitis. Primarily its based around the principle of reducing the load in the tissue (short and medium term measures) and increasing the ability of the tissues to take the load (medium and long term measures). In the previous post I wrote in […]

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The effects of foot orthoses on achilles tendon loads

Foot orthotics are commonly used to reduce load in the tissues to help manage overuse injuries in runners. They will only help if the injury is in a tissue that foot orthotics can actually reduce the load and the foot orthotic has the actual design features to reduce that load in the specific individual. When […]

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Stress Fractures and the ‘Landing Error Scoring System’

Large prospective studies in military populations are a rich source of good data and information. The only problem with these types of studies are if the nature of the population is applicable and comparable to other populations that you might want to apply the results to. For my purposes here, are those in “the military” […]

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The effects of shoes and barefoot on postural stability

I have no doubt about the importance of plantar sensory input has on normal gait, balance and postural stability; having spent many years looking at the impacts of diabetes and what the sensory neuropathy does to gait and balance. What I do have doubts about, and will address this in greater detail in a future […]

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Science vs Pseudoscience

There is probably not a lot I can say about this; the image speaks for itself. It was put together by the Skeptics Guide to the Universe (I listen to their podcasts on my longer runs). I also used this image below in a previous post and its worth repeating as it still resonates with […]

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Effect of listening to music on running

This is another one of those way outside my area of expertise, but I just have to write about it! I previously covered another study on Enhancing Running Performance by Coupling Cadence with the Right Beats in which I mentioned that when I listen to something while running, I listen to podcasts from The Skeptics […]

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Barefoot running survey: Evidence from the field???

I am in a cranky mood this morning. I put off reviewing this one as I new what I was going to write was not going to be complementary and I had other more interesting papers to review and comment on. I finally got to it as couple of fan boys emailed me asking me […]

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When running, lean forward at the ankle or the hip?

The sensible running technique coaches that I listen to often talk about the forward lean from the ankle when running rather than a forward lean at the hips. Ironically, the fan boys from the various running form cults also often say the same thing, so there must be something to it. I have certainly tried […]

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The effects of the sole geometry of the On running shoe

The Swiss running shoe company, On, have developed their novel CloudTex system that is aimed at reducing ground reaction forces and also to potentially improve running economy. The design of the sole includes deformable open cells that are claimed to absorb “harmful” vertical and horizontal impacts (if you want to believe that these are actually […]

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The importance of joint moments in running injury risk and running economy

Back from a holiday and was planning on getting in back into the routine of posting and was planning on writing something totally different today and then the study below turned up. It was not a study on runners and was not on running (it was on walking), so my title for this post is […]

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This will probably be my epitaph…

See: Different Running Techniques Load Different Tissues Differently Why ‘one size does not fit all’ when it comes to running What is the “best” running form? As always: I go where the evidence takes me until convinced otherwise.

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Running with a minimalist shoe increases plantar pressures

Its taken me a couple of days to get to this one. The reason is that I like to start each post about a research article with some comments to put it into context. This time I was suffering from writers block as I could think of nothing to say that I have not said […]

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Sensory deficits in runners with an overuse injury

There has been a lot of  work done over the years (and I done a tiny bit of it) that have contributed to our understanding of sensory input to gait, postural issues and the effects of running shoes (or lack of them) and foot orthoses. Some have been dismissive of it and others have extrapolated […]

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