Posts Tagged ‘running injury’
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Charlie Francis, Indoor and Outdoor Track Impairments
by Carson Boddicker on May 13th, 2010
In honor of the passing of legendary track coach, Charlie Francis I spent some time yesterday and this morning re-reading The Charlie Francis Training System and picked up a gem from the regeneration chapter. Before I get into that point, I have to credit Charlie with his excellent utilization of a multidisciplinary performance paradigm for his athletes. The longer I spend in this game, the more I realize the value in it. The true greats d...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Program Design
Should we really worry about asymmetries?
by Carson Boddicker on May 4th, 2010
The ideas of "addressing asymmetries" and taking care of "motor control" dysfunction in training athletes is gaining popularity within the performance enhancement industry. In looking at their arguments, there seems to be a great deal of literature supporting the statements. Yes, asymmetries can be harbingers of injury. Yes, motor control can lead be a marker of potential for injury or residue from old dysfunctions. BMI can have a role in...
Filed under: coaching, Running
Multi-Directional Training and Stress Fractures
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 28th, 2010
Wolff's Law dictates that a healthy bone will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If a bone is repeatedly stressed, over time, it will become stronger to resist forces in that direction as repetitive elastic deformation results in changes in density and volume of the trebeculae and secondary changes to the cortex. For example, tennis players often have much stronger bones in their dominant arms, baseball players often exhibit bony re...
Filed under: Anatomy and Physiology, corrective exercise, Running
The Big Toe and Windlass Mechanism
by Carson Boddicker on Apr 5th, 2010
While it is not a big joint, the first metatarsophalangeal joint may be one of the most important joints in running gait. There is no question that dysfunctional patterns can result from too much or not enough movement at any joint, however, when the metatarsophalangeal joint does not play, a great deal of compensations can result. As I noted in a previous post, proper gait requires the ability to flex the knee to 40 degrees, the dorsiflex t...
Filed under: corrective exercise, injuries
Hamstring pain while running
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 26th, 2010
Hamstring pain and tightness is a common complaint in the running world, as such, today I hope to shed a little bit of insight into the chronic hamstring dysfunction. If your hamstring is acutely injured and swelling, pain, and bruising are present, then what I am about to say is not going to be the best idea. In such a scenario, you'd surely benefit from some rest and a few visits with a skilled sports medicine professional. That said, if...
Filed under: corrective exercise, Running
by Carson Boddicker on Mar 19th, 2010
In the coming weeks I'll be exploring some of the concepts and science behind barefoot running. The concept of minimalism is not a new idea, but has gained recent popularity. To kick off the fun, I think you'll find this video to be informative and entertaining. Have a great weekend. Best regards, Carson Boddicker...
Filed under: injuries, Running
Why running shoes don’t work with Steve Magness: Part 2
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 5th, 2010
Today is a continuation of Steve Magness's great article looking at the role of impact forces on controling the mechanics of running. Enjoy. -Carson Boddicker Impact Forces: The picture gets cloudier: But it’s not as simple as described above. In an interesting study by Scott (1990) they looked at peak loads on the various sites of likely injury for runners (Achilles, knee, etc.). All peak loads occurred during mid-stance and push o...
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Why running shoes do not work with Steve Magness: Part 1
by Carson Boddicker on Feb 4th, 2010
Today I have a great guest piece by Steve Magness examining pronation, motion control, and barefoot running. The running shoe model needs to be fixed. Pronation, Motion Control, Cushioning, and Stability shoes? Get rid of them all. It’s not just barefoot running and minimalism versus running shoes, the either/or situation many portray it to be. It’s much deeper than that. It’s not even that running shoe companies are evil and out to m...
Filed under: injuries, Program Design, Running
The Downhill Repetition
by Carson Boddicker on Sep 16th, 2009
Hill running is extremely popular in the running world. Coaches swear by them because they assert they are great for enhancing energy systems, economy, and strength in their athletes. As we've investigated recently, running uphill certainly carries its share of pros and cons, however they find their way into many coaches' programming. Ask most coaches about whether they include repetitions on the downhill, and they will balk at the concept ...
Filed under: Program Design, Running
Building a Benchmark Session
by Carson Boddicker on Aug 28th, 2009
Throughout a training cycle, it is important to have a way to gauge improvement. For the many athletes who compete in cross country, this benchmark session is simply the weekly or biweekly cross country race. For those who choose to work around cross country, however, it is necessary to establish some sort of benchmarking training session to be executed relatively regularly. Why work around cross country? The 800 meter runner often does...