There has been a lot going on this week at Boddicker Performance and I have been learned a great deal of good information that I plan to share in the coming weeks. Today, I want to share with you some of the things that are on my mind that I hope you will find thought inspiring or curious.
1. I have been, over the past several months, collecting data on hop and stop tests in runners. For those who don’t know, the hop and stop test was developed by Dr. Paul Juris to evaluate readiness to return to play following ACL injury and rehabilitation. The tests consist of having the athlete hop for distance from a good single leg stance position. Then you have the athlete bound from one leg to the next for distance, with the requirement this time being that the athlete comes to a complete stop in under one second. The information can be used to compare bilateral symmetry in both force production and reduction. I will continue to take this data and see if anything unique pops up.
2. I am beginning to believe that acceptable dorsiflexion of the big toe and ankle are more the exception than the rule in most competitive distance runners. Consistently, our evaluations of incoming athletes show hypomobility at the hallux and ankle mortise, with the midfoot and subtalar being a bit more of a “mixed” bag. A lot of this clears up when the athletes dedicate a bit of time to getting some manual therapy and doing some self mobilizations, MET, and longer duration static stretching.
3. Spring is finally arriving here in Flagstaff, but as is always the case, it has been a bit cantankerous. It is only in a desert mountain town where temperatures can go from 65 one day, to waking up with 4 inches of snow on your vehicle the next. Nonetheless, it’s been beautiful here, and the trails are soon to be clear again so if you are in for some spring and summer altitude training, get excited.
4. I have recently started to re-read Christan Thibadeau’s book Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods and had forgotten how much excellent information is packed into its 160 pages. It is very much like an annotated Supertraining, and I believe it to be a seminal work in strength and conditioning.
5. I will leave you with an interesting quote concerning shod running and its potential implications that we will evaluate further next week:
Intrinsic foot motion measured in vivo during barefoot running of the natural range of motion of individual skeletal segments in the foot during running is necessary for the construction of appropriate stability parameters in athletic footwear. Globally restricting intrinsic motion of the foot may result in non-physiological stresses on specific foot bones or at more proximal sites such as the ankle ligaments (Arndt, 2006).
Have a great weekend.