Posts Tagged ‘running injuries’
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Shoelessness and Injuries
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 21st, 2010
While I have spent a great deal of time assessing the arguments and the literature concerning the true function of the foot and differences between shod and unshod postures, gait, and movement I haven't really addressed the injury realm extensively nor have I shared with you Boddicker Performance's assessment set that we use to check preparedness for barefoot running. It is commonly asserted that barefoot running isn't a good idea based on the...
Filed under: Running, strength training
Random Friday Thoughts
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 2nd, 2010
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 ...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, Running
Normal Gait Mechanics
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 30th, 2010
For optimal function and resistance to injury and to better understand exactly what it is you are trying to accomplish with training, it is first important to understand the mechanics of a healthy foot and ankle complex before we begin to discuss dysfunctional patterns and how to approach their management. At foot-strike the healthy foot contacts the ground on the lateral aspect of the foot in a slightly supinated position with the majority of...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running, strength training
Dedicated Dorsiflexion Training
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 29th, 2010
While it's not an exercise with direct specificity to running or any sport in general (and while a host of factors will affect the type of stress the lower leg has to endure), what's your general take on a bit of direct dorsiflexion work with something like a D.A.R.D.? Great question, and I am going to include a small discussion of the use of focused dorsiflexion in a coming post with relation to some of my transition to barefoot running. I d...
Filed under: injuries, Running
Barefoot Running: Part 1: Anatomy
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 23rd, 2010
Supporters of the concept of minimalism have portrayed it as "panacea" at best or at minimum a smart decision in the grand scheme of program design at worst. The opposition to barefoot running simply doesn't believe that it is a smart idea to part with their high tech running shoes at best or, to an extreme extent, blame footwear choices as the bane of all running injuries? Who is right? To understand the give and take associated with run...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, coaching, Running
Rethinking Running for the Hills
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 10th, 2009
In the past, I've said that I'm not a big fan of using hills in training in those returning from injury. As I spend more time learning about the subject, I have begun to realize that it may be a short-sighted view and I should really be opposed to IMPROPER application of hill training. Recently as I was reviewing the DVD complement to Bosch and Klomp's Running; a point jumped out at me. If a hill has a slope greater than about 4 degrees, t...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running
Setting the feet free: barefoot running
by Carson Boddicker on Aug 25th, 2009
Lately it seems that barefoot training is becoming more and more popular among the runners of the world. Surely there has always been the camp that was in favor of "minimalism" but it is beginning to catch on at a greater rate. Perhaps it's because people have become tired with the 80% injury rate associated with our sport. Perhaps the trickle down from the experts has finally hit the general public. Perhaps we have just lost our love for...
Filed under: Program Design, Running
Sprint Versus Endurance Disconnect
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 19th, 2009
We've all been there. Track meetings. You usually have one row of distance guys, a row of throwers in the middle, and the sprinters and jumpers in back. Once the meeting breaks, sprinters go do sprinter things, throwers go do thrower things, and runners go do runner things. There seems like almost nobody does similar training. Why? Sure, specificity is important, but can athletes of different events not gain a benefit from another gro...