Archive | March, 2014

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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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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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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