Riddle me this ….

We evolved: barefoot got plenty of exercise chasing animals to survive the air was fresh ate well (paleo) and had a life expectancy of 35 years Now we: wear shoes get less or no exercise the air is polluted eat junk food yet we somehow manage to live to 85 years What am I missing? […]

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Arch height and running shoe prescribing …all is not as it seems?

The prevailing paradigm for a long time for the prescription of running shoes was based on concepts like the amount of “pronation”, the related issue of arch height and foot print analysis. The accumulated evidence, despite the widespread┬ánonsensical writing about “overpronation” (and fueled by a healthy dose of the Dunning-Kruger effect) pointed to this approach […]

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Is this a ‘Fadotomy’?

Until five minutes ago, I had never heard of the word ‘Fadotomy’. A fadotomy is apparently the anatomy of the transformation of a fad into the prevailing paradigm… well at least that is what one reference I could find called it, so I doubt it is going to be come the prevailing vernacular as a […]

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Effect of shoe drop on running mechanics

The topic of the “drop” keeps coming up and has generated a lot of interest as well as the usual rhetoric and propaganda. It is defined as the difference between the heel and forefoot height of the shoe, which is more appropriately called the ‘pitch’, but the term ‘drop’, rightly or wrongly, has become the […]

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The Functional Movement Screen and Running Injuries

To be honest, the Functional Movement Screen is not something that I have really paid a lot of attention to. It is becoming a popular topic and attracting increasing attention. I have scanned some abstracts on it periodically, but it never really grabbed my attention. There have been a couple of studies of it in […]

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Transition to Minimalist Running Shoes With or Without Gait Retraining?

This is an interesting one… A number of previous studies have looked at the mechanical and economy parameters with minimal running shoes compared to traditional running shoes. Some of these studies were cross-sectional and some were prospective and followed a period of adaptation or transition. One of the concerns expressed about some of these studies, […]

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The Effect of Footwear on Running Performance

I have to be honest and say I getting a little bored with the running economy stuff as I have covered the studies on it so many times and its gets harder to rewrite about the same thing again and re-litigate the same issues again. Some previous posts on running economy have ligated all the […]

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Injecting a Placebo to Run Faster!

Not exactly one from within my area of expertise, but worthy of posting: The Effects of an Injected Placebo on Endurance Running Performance. Ross, Ramzy; Gray, Cindy M.; Gill, Jason M. R. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: November 19, 2014 PURPOSE: To quantify the placebo effect magnitude on endurance running performance, in ‘real-world’ […]

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