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Muscle Activity Differences in Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers

Different running techniques load different tissues in different runners differently which has implications for subject specific differences in running economy and running injury risk profile. In that context it was nice to see this turn up: Differences in Muscle Activity between Natural Forefoot and Rearfoot Strikers during Running Jennifer R. Yong, Amy Silder, Scott L. […]

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Core Muscle Activation and Knee Loads

The ‘core’ is well outside my area of expertise, but I still follow the various cults that think it can cure everything as well as those who think its way overrated. I periodically go back and read this as it appears to me to address all the issues and also this blog post from Cor-Kinetic […]

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“Barefoot Running and Hip Kinematics: Good News for the Knee?”; what about “Bad News for the Ankle”?

I have previously had a dig at the nature of the titles of a number of scientific papers, for example, this paper I previously reviewed was titled: “Forefoot strikers exhibit lower running-induced knee loading than rearfoot strikers“; when it could have just as easy been titled “Forefoot strikers exhibit higher Achilles tendon loading than rearfoot strikers“ […]

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Muscle strength in shod, minimalist and foot orthotic wearing runners

I going to start off with this image¹: There is plenty of the usual propaganda and rhetoric about foot orthotics weakening muscles in the crankosphere blogosphere, therefore they are evil: Truth or lie? I already addressed the issue of running shoes weakening muscles (they don’t); but that has not stopped the fan boys still claiming that they […]

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Clustering of foot strike patterns when running

While it is well known that the foot strike pattern does vary with velocity, it is not the sole determinant of the foot strike pattern as many elite runners heel strike when running fast and a runner’s self determination of their foot strike pattern appears to be poor. However, the data that quantifies velocity and […]

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