Tag: running

Improve your running without all that stretching.

Improve your running without all that stretching. Stretching has been part of running for many years now, but the science behind it is weak, and it will not make you a better runner according to a new article. Icing sore muscles after running activities may have harmful effects as well with less fewer benefits than previously thought. Foam rolling is now being used more often as a way to limber up.  Exercises that are ballistic may actually help you get faster. There are ideas that are offered in a post published in BBC Future. They offer some great ideas on Read More »

Shin pain in runners; how should this be treated?

Shin pain in runners; how should this be treated? Shin pain is a common complaint we hear from runners.   While the idea that shin splints may be the condition, a persons body style and running adaptations to their own body mechanics may be the reason for the pain. Shin pain is caused by impact.   Asymmetries in our gait can cause us to under and over stride which affects core functions, tightens the lateral fascia in the legs and reduces shock absorption from the ground up. The end result is shin pain which can lead to stress reactions and Read More »

Is a good running form needed to win a race, or is it just one factor in how you have adapted to running?

Is a good running form needed to win a race, or is it just one factor in how you have adapted to running? Is there a good running form?   Many coaches may suggest how to run but does science prove that a certain running form is good for everyone?  Recently, Runners World Magazine explored this idea. Many marathon winners such as Paula Radcliffe have peculiar running forms, yet, they win marathons.  Sure, Priscah Jeptoo who is a silver medal winner at the Olympics marathon in 2012 had horrible knee form, yet she is a winner as well. While I Read More »

Is that old concussion causing you to have running injuries? Maybe it is time to ask a professional trainer.

  Is that old concussion causing you to have running injuries?  Maybe it is time to ask a professional trainer. There has been a lot of awareness regarding concussions and the after effects on how we feel and function months or years later. The most high profile stories regarding concussion concerns what has been happening to retired football players. Common side effects of a concussion may include sleepiness, dizziness, headaches, cognitive disruptions and the way your balance and walking ability may be affected as well. The effects of concussion may be present years later. In a recent conversation with an Read More »

Human endurance and long distance running may depend on a gene mutation that happened millions of years ago.

  Human endurance and long distance running may depend on a gene mutation that happened millions of years ago. The more we understand the human genome, the more we understand why humans have certain abilities.  According to Smithsonian magazine, the ability to run long distances and have the types of endurance humans and certain other animals have may be due to a gene mutation that happened two to three million years ago. The gene, known as CMAH, according to Popular Science’s Jillian Mock may be responsible for human endurance.  A  new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Academy B Read More »