Archive for July, 2010
Filed under: Running, strength training
Eccentric Training, Plyometrics, and Energy Cost of Running
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 30th, 2010
In a recent study in the JSCR: Effect of plyometric vs. dynamic weight training on the energy cost of running; researchers demonstrated that plyometrics had slightly superior effects on reductions in energy cost of running compared with dynamic weight training, leading them to render the conclusion that athletic development for the running athlete should emphasize plyometric activities. While I definitely agree with the thought process, my nex...
Filed under: corrective exercise, strength training
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization in Baseball with Nate Shaw of the Diamondbacks
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 27th, 2010
This week we're in for a treat. A few weeks back, I had the good fortune to spend a few hours with the Arizona Diamondbacks' sports medicine and performance team. They're an incredibly intelligent bunch of guys who have a strong manual therapy basis, a command of DNS, and how all of it fits together for baseball players. As DNS is a popular topic as of late, I had Nate Shaw, their strength coach, put together some thoughts on the basics of the...
Filed under: Article Summaries, Running
Adaptive Shortening and the Shoe
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 25th, 2010
The high heeled shoe has led to much debate, and as I've written about plenty of times, has very little to offer for the avid runner or fitness enthusiast. One argument commonly made concerning shoes with an elevated heel is that over time, the plantar flexors held in a shortened position for long periods of time lead to adaptive shortening. Finally, the claims have been supported specifically with relation to high heel and adaptive shortenin...
Filed under: Testing and Evaluation
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 23rd, 2010
Long time since a post, so I will do my best to make up for such shenanigans with great content in the weeks to follow. We'll have a few guest posts from some great strength coaches and some great manual therapists like Nate Shaw with the Arizona Diamondbacks and a few relative unknowns who reside here in Flagstaff will be on to discuss some manual therapy indications. Today I'll have just a few random musings. 1. I swear Peter Weyand--th...
Filed under: Running
Forces in Running and Sprinting
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 19th, 2010
With lots of talk about training for sprinting lately, take a look at sprinting's free body diagram and think hard about what the biggest requirements may be. [caption id="attachment_1119" align="aligncenter" width="329" caption="What must be overcome?"][/caption] What should we really work on? Best regards, Carson Boddicker...
Filed under: Interviews
Interview with Mark Young
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 16th, 2010
Today we have a special treat with an interview with my friend Mark Young. Mark's a brilliant guy, who has done a great job translating his academic background and command of research into practical application for coaches and clinicians. Enjoy! 1. Mark, thank you for the interview, I very much appreciate it. For those who do not know your work, tell us a little bit about your background in fitness and performance. Going back as f...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries, Program Design, strength training
Corrective Exercise: A Definition
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 14th, 2010
There seems to be a lot of hullabaloo surrounding the phrase "corrective exercise" in the industry. There are so many who endorse "corrective" exercises and equally many who think that realm should be strictly to those in the clinical world. I certainly believe in the value of corrective exercise, and wholeheartedly advocate for corrective exercise in programming. I just think it's a matter of definition. For those who believe corrective ...
Filed under: Program Design, Testing and Evaluation
The Basics of the FMS
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 12th, 2010
Today, I had my friend Dr. Perry Nickelston share a little bit about how the FMS paradigm fits into his program, assessment, and a few other tidbits. Enjoy! Regards, Carson Boddicker One of the questions I get asked most frequently about the Functional Movement Screen is how I implement it into my evaluation procedure and what type of system I use based on the results. Well, I decided to give everyone an inside peek at my thought process w...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running
Barefoot and Hallux Considerations
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 9th, 2010
I recently was asked by friend of Boddicker Performance, Jim Hansen, if barefoot running can be beneficial in those with limited dorsiflexion of the hallux. While I do not necessarily believe that a person with poor hallux extension should be running barefoot straight out the gait, I do strongly believe that the same people can benefit a great deal from some unshod exercise. The biggest question to ask is "why do I lack mobility?" There ar...
Filed under: injuries, Program Design, Running
Flat Feet and Barefoot Training
by Carson Boddicker on Jul 7th, 2010
With my recent forays into the science of barefoot training, I have really not addressed indications or contraindications for beginning higher intensity barefoot work so as not to have deleterious effects on the health of the feet in the long run. One of the bigger issues is foot posturing and dynamic abilities of the foot. The hyperpronator with flat feet will be explored first. Flat feet and barefootedness may mix well if you plan to imm...