Tibial Accelerations in Heel and Forefoot Strikers

Many studies have now compared the biomechanics of forefoot/midfoot striking vs rearfoot strike patterns when running and some of those have looked at tibial loads with most studies showing its the usual six of one, half a dozen of the other as it was a matter of trading impact loads on the tibia (higher in […]

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The concept of ‘core stability’ of the foot

The concept of spinal ‘core stability’ is given a lot of prominence in the media, by coaches and by therapists and is allegedly an important concept for prevention of running injury, low back pain and postural related issues. It has gained widespread acceptance. Despite this, the definitive evidence supporting the concept is lacking; anecdotally a […]

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Impact of injury on ultramarathon performance

Two new bits of research from the same group was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: IMPACT OF INJURY PATTERN DURING TRAINING ON ULTRAMARATHON PERFORMANCE M Khodaee, J Spittler, JC Hill, MD Hoffman Br J Sports Med 2014;48:619 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-093494.160 Abstracts from the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in […]

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Effect of Barefoot Running on Strength, Balance and Proprioception

A lot of claims get made for the effect that barefoot or minimalist running has on muscle strength, but there is a lack of good data backing up the volume of the rhetoric and propaganda you keep reading on this. Given the volume and strength of the claims you would have thought that there would […]

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Running Form Variability and Protection from Overuse Injury

The concept goes something like this: if there is a subtle step-to-step differences in the way we run, then the tissues are loaded very slightly differently with each step. Theoretically, this is  a good thing and is a potential way that the body responds to not overload any one part of the tissues too much […]

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Training Characteristics Related to Running Related Injuries

The risk for an overuse injury is multifactorial, consisting of mechanical factors that increase the load on the tissues; tissue vulnerability issues; and issues related to tissue adaptation to those loads. If an injury occurs or not is going to be a complex interaction of those three factors. Injuries occur if the cumulative load on […]

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Do novice runners have weak hips and bad running form?

The role of what I like to refer to as proximal control issues are taking on increasing importance in running injury management with a number of hip related issues identified as being associated with overuse injuries such as patellofemoral pain syndrome and medial tibial stress syndrome. This new study set out to look at some […]

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The Effect of Cadence Manipulation on Plantar Pressures

Cadence manipulation is increasingly being used as a tool to manage overuse injuries in runners and I have previously reviewed two recent studies: Increasing cadence and patellofemoral forces and Increasing Cadence and Running Injury. Increasing the cadence does decrease the load on some tissues, but increases the load on others, so its going to be six […]

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Evidence that barefoot running is better? …. part deux

I previously reviewed all the reviews on the scientific evidence that barefoot running is better than traditionally shod running and all the reviews I covered reached the same conclusion, that there is no evidence. Since writing that, another review of the evidence concluded the same thing and had some harsh words for all those who […]

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Is the rearfoot pattern the most frequent foot strike pattern among recreational shod distance runners?

Here is some newly published rocket science: Is the rearfoot pattern the most frequently foot strike pattern among recreational shod distance runners? Matheus Oliveira de Almeida, Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto, Tiê Parma Yamato, Alexandre Dias Lopes Physical Therapy in Sport; Available online 26 February 2014 Objective: To determine the distribution of the foot strike patterns among […]

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Overload injuries in barefoot/minimal footwear running

My interpretation of the preponderance of the research on general injury rates between barefoot/minimalist vs traditionally shod runners and forefoot/midfoot vs rearfoot striking is that there is no difference in the rates. That does not mean that I will not change my mind or evolve my interpretation as more research is made available. For that […]

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Its six of one and half a dozen of the other: Rearfoot vs Forefoot striking when running

I have said that cliché so many times and also that adage that when it comes to running you can’t change running form without increasing the load in one tissue while decreasing it in another, that it hardly needs repeating. I have commented on this several times here, here and here (and probably in a few other […]

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Can running shoes control motion?

I have been meaning to look at this issue in a lot more depth for a while now as my understanding of the preponderance of literature (which I freely admit I have not looked closely at again recently, hence wanting to have a closer look) is that on average, running shoes, specifically ‘motion control’ shoes, […]

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Latest Running Shoe Sales Figures & Trends

Just before Christmas, I had a bit of fun looking at the popularity of different running shoe brands when searched for in Google and also the search trend for the Hoka One One vs the Vibram Five Fingers. That was nothing more than me being bored and having the look at it for fun. The […]

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Hoka One One vs Vibram FiveFingers

Last night in a fit of boredom (and to take my mind of the little brats before bedtime!) I looked at the search volumes in Google for all the different running shoes brands and promised I would not really make any comments on the data. I lied. While you have to take the data for […]

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