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Cool Equipment for Returning to Run | Boddicker Performance

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Cool Equipment for Returning to Run

by on Jul 26th, 2009

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First, welcome back to the Boddicker Performance blog. It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted so I’ll give you a brief update on my whereabouts.

The past several months, I’ve been working at Athletes’ Performance in Los Angeles and I’ve been learning a ton. While I’ve been here, I continue to attempt to improve myself as both a coach and a student. I’ve seen many interesting approaches to acquiring higher levels of performance and rehabilitating injury. One of the huge perks of being at AP is the access to equipment that offers limitless opportunities to train any movement pattern necessary. We have nearly every piece of equipment necessary to be successful. With respect to Boddicker Performance, I’ve become inundated with e-mails about strength training, rehab, and return to running.

Today I wanted to show you a cool piece of equipment that may have value in returning to run following sports hernia.

As I’ve discussed in the past, sports hernia seems to be aggrivated with increased velocity requirements. This creates problems as in order to overcome the movement inefficiencies associated with low amplitude hip flexion and extension the body should be trained with amplitudes associated with higher velocity running. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with the Woodway Force treadmill.

Woodway Force

What’s so cool about it?
1. As you are able to alter the resistance on the belt, you can achieve effective motor programming through a bigger range of motion without high velocities.

2. The treadmill is a manual treadmill, so unlike motorized treadmills, you actually are forced to push the ground to move anywhere, making it a bit more like over ground running.

3. It is far easier for a coach to monitor pelvic position and mechanics to ensure you’re developing an effective motor engram, which must be improved to prevent relapse of injury.

One obviously big drawback is the availability of such a piece of equipment. Unfortunately, they’re nowhere near as common as the garden variety treadmill, which makes training on one a bit more difficult. However, if one is available it may be a reasonable mode in a progressive reconditioning program.

Let me know what you think!

Best regards,
Carson Boddicker

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