Archive for October, 2009
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries
New Article: Ankle Mobility
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 29th, 2009
I had a new article posted this week on StrengthCoach.com covering the importance of ankle mobility and a few new tips, tricks, and exercises to help improve ankle function and performance. Check it out! Anyone that has worked with field and court sport athletes has undoubtedly dealt with his fair share of athletes with ankle injuries. The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in sport accounting for one-third of all injuries. As the West...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, corrective exercise
More on Respiration
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 28th, 2009
Last week I wrote a little bit about addressing respiratory dysfunction, and the response was very enlightening. A few days later, I was directed to the work of Doctor Craig Liebenson in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy and in reading his article "Re-education of Faulty Respiration" I had an "ah-ha" moment. While I spoke a great deal about ribcage elevation being a common dysfunction pattern in my first post, my correction w...
Filed under: Business, Program Design
A few announcements…
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 22nd, 2009
1. My good friend Patrick Ward is running a series of phenomenal articles on developing high school aged athletes. I was fortunate enough to be asked able to contribute an article on the long term development model. You can check it out at Optimum Sports Performance. 2. Life in Flagstaff is going well, and I'm in the process of trying to locate a new facility. If you have any suggestions, please drop me a note. 3. My faithful compu...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, injuries
Retraining the Ribcage
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 19th, 2009
While it is not a topic often addressed, fatigue of the respiratory muscles can become a limiting factor in performance. Not long ago my friend Steven Bubel wrote an excellent article covering the pain associated with dysfunctional breathing patterns caused trigger points in the upper-thoracic and cervical spine soft tissues that can cause referred pain in the shoulder and neck in distance runners. This issue, while it may seem relatively ban...
Filed under: Program Design
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 15th, 2009
In the past I have been the kind of person who wrote a program and stuck to it regardless of what else happened in my life, but over time I've begun to realize that this has been an error that has caused poor performance and unnecessary aches. This was mainly because I became a robot who only saw the numbers--miles, split times, and training sessions--instead of really looking at improvements and overall health. After six or seven years of si...
Filed under: coaching, Running
Training with Heart Rate
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 15th, 2009
A few weeks ago, I wrote about using heart rate to monitor readiness to progress a training session or for a tool in determining improvement without racing in the fall, but I think it's wise to address when NOT to use heart rate. While heart rate monitors certainly have their place, the data that they record is something that can be influenced by things beyond training stress such as hydration, temperature, clothing choices, comfort, and the l...
Filed under: corrective exercise, stretching
Fixing Foot Pain
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 14th, 2009
Over the course of their careers, almost all runners experience pain on the plantar surface of the foot, and, undoubtedly they are diagnosed (self or professionally) with "plantar fascitis." However, in the truest sense of the term, the vast majority of these runners are not likely experiencing plantar fascitis. The true pathology of the injury would be better termed "plantar fasciopathy" as the injury occurs from collagen disarray without th...
Filed under: Uncategorized
A few thoughts…
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 9th, 2009
As I write this I'm preparing to head over to the Trigger Point booth at the Chicago Marathon Expo, where I will be posted until 6:00PM Saturday night. If you're competeing, good luck, and if you're out roaming around the expo, definitely stop by and say hello. 1. I'm a big fan of expos as it's always a great opportunity to see what is new, meet some great people, and catch up with old friends. While I'm here at the expo, I plan to meet ...
Filed under: coaching, Program Design, Running
Flying Versus Standing Starts
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 7th, 2009
I recently had a conversation with a local recreational runner in Flagstaff about how to decide whether to use standing starts or flying (run up) starts in interval sessions. Is one better than another? Does it even matter? While it may be irrelevant or too nit-picky for some, I think it does matter to some extent, and in a few situations it DEFINTIELY matters what type of start you choose. Determining the best route depends on several ...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, motivation, regeneration
A tool for the short term to ensure long term success…
by Carson Boddicker on Oct 6th, 2009
Thinking back to the 2008 Olympic games, I remember watching the beach volleyball tournament and staring curiously at the crazy looking tape job on Kerri Walsh's shoulder and thinking about it's implications. Exactly what is this stuff? Why is it there? Can it be used effectively on areas other than the shoulder? As I found out soon after, it's called kinesio-tape and it's used to treat a variety of musculo-skeletal dysfunctio...