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Kinesio Taping for Foot Posture Problems?

Kinesio taping became all the rage after the TV images of athletes wearing the brightly colored tape on their shoulders and knees for injuries at the 2008 Bejing Olympics. So, of course if Olympic athletes are using it then it must be right and if its a pretty color then it must be even more […]

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Running and the Risk for Osteoarthritis

You still see the claims being made in forums and blogs that heel striking and the cushioned supportive shoes increase stress on the joints and therefore those that heel strike and wear these shoes are going to get more osteoarthritis later in life. I have previously discussed the debacle that followed the release of one […]

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Barefoot vs Shod and patellofemoral joint stresses

There is an increasing number of studies on patellofemoral pain syndrome or anterior knee pain in runners and the affects of gait changes on the biomechanics of it. The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published this: Take your shoes off to reduce patellofemoral joint stress during running Jason Bonacci, Bill Vicenzino, Wayne Spratford, Paul […]

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Ultramarathons Cause Less Muscle Damage Than Shorter Races

This is getting more into physiology and outside my areas that I know a lot about, but I still found it interesting! I will start with the abstract: Alterations of Neuromuscular Function after the World’s Most Challenging Mountain Ultra-Marathon Jonas Saugy, Nicolas Place, Guillaume Y. Millet, Francis Degache, Federico Schena, Grégoire P. Millet PLoS ONE […]

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Achilles Tendinopathy and Body Mass Index

Achilles tendinopathy is no different to any other overuse injury in that the cause is the cumulative loads in the tissue are beyond what the tissue can take. There are a number of factors that increases the cumulative loads and make the tissues more susceptible to those loads. One of the factors that is assumed […]

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Foot Strike Pattern and Injury Rates

Like the running economy and footwear type issue, I have been meaning to write for a while an article that summarizes the studies on the differences in injury rates between heel strikers and non-heel strikers; but before I got to doing it another two studies appear, so its worth writing about those. To date we […]

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Running Asymmetry, Loading Rate and Injury Risk

Asymmetry in the gait is common and is assumed to not necessarily be a good thing for a unidirectional activity such as running, especially if the asymmetry is in impact loads. Various intervention strategies are often used to make the gait more symmetrical, if the asymmetry is assumed to contribute to any injury or gait inefficiency that is present. […]

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Behavioural Risk Factors for Running Injury

This is getting somewhat out of my area of expertise, but I still going to write about it! This study looked at a selected group of parameters to prospectively determine which one of them was a risk factor for a running related injury. Here is the abstract: Predictors of Running-Related Injuries Among 930 Novice Runners; […]

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Peroneal Tendonitis in Runners

Peroneal tendonitis is not exactly a very common running injury, but it is something I did not use to like seeing as the management always seemed to be difficult; but now I don’t mind as we have learnt more about it and it is really not that difficult to manage. There is also not much, […]

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‘Volume’ based injuries vs ‘Pace’ based injuries

The cause of overuse injury in runners is multifactorial and training related issues are commonly cited as a factor. This review investigated some of those issues and proposed an interesting hypothesis: CLASSIFYING RUNNING‐RELATED INJURIES BASED UPON ETIOLOGY, WITH EMPHASIS ON VOLUME AND PACE Rasmus Oestergaard Nielsen, MHSc, Ellen Aagaard Nohr, PhD, Sten Rasmussen, MD, and […]

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Risk factors for stress fractures in adolescent runners

Stress fractures are a relatively common problem in runners, and I would speculate they have become more common recently. A new study attempted to identify the risk factors for stress fractures in adolescent runners: Identifying Sex-Specific Risk Factors for Stress Fractures in Adolescent Runners Tenforde, Adam S.; Sayres, Lauren C.; Liz McCurdy, Mary; Sainani, Kristin […]

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